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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  • Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
  • Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if required.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • Not be in default on any federal student loan nor owe an overpayment on a federal student grant.
  • Have not exceeded the lifetime aggregate or annual loan limits
  • Be advised that a conviction for any offense, during a period of enrollment for which a student is receiving Title IV financial aid, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV grant, loan, or work assistance.

Changes in Eligibility: Federal financial aid is awarded based on an estimate of your eligibility. The Office of Student Financial Aid may have to cancel or reduce financial aid before or after disbursement based on new information that becomes available after the time of awarding or disbursement.

Maintaining Eligibility:  In addition to meeting the general requirements for applying for federal aid, students must also meet the requirements of the college's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. These standards, which comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations, are intended to establish minimum, reasonable levels of advancement toward degree completion and to guard against abuse of federal financial aid programs. Satisfactory progress requirements for receipt of federal financial aid are separate and distinct from the university's academic progress requirements for academic continuance.