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Federal Student Aid Eligibility

The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA):

  • Be accepted for admissions as a degree seeking student in an FSA eligible program of study.
  • Not be enrolled solely in remedial coursework.
  • Not be currently enrolled in secondary school.
  • Completed high school or the recognized equivalent (such as a GED).
  • Copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions must be on file.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required.)
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Not have been convicted of an illegal drug-related offense. If convicted, the student must visit FASFA online, click “Before Beginning a FAFSA” and complete to “Drug Worksheet” (on the left) to determine if it will affect eligibility. Additional help is available by calling 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time if applying to receive Federal Direct Loans (FLDL).
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • Not be in default on a Federal Student Loan or owe an overpayment on a FSA grant or loan.
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA.
  • If the student is a male, he must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) once approved for funding.
  • Certify that FSA will only be used for educational purposes.
  • Demonstrate financial need for need based financial aid.