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Federal Student Aid - Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA), students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required).
  • Be accepted for admissions as a degree-seeking student in an FSA-eligible program of study.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time if applying to receive Federal Direct Loans (FLDL).
  • Be registered with the selective service (for male students only).
  • Certify that FSA will only be used for educational purposes.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have completed high school or the recognized equivalent (GED, etc.).
  • Have copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions on file.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress once approved for funding.
  • Not be currently enrolled in secondary school.
  • Not be enrolled solely in remedial coursework.
  • Not be in default on a Federal Student Loan or owe an overpayment on an FSA grant or loan.
  • Not be incarcerated.
  • Not have been convicted of an illegal drug-related offense. If previously convicted, the student must visit FASFA online, click “Before Beginning a FAFSA” and complete the “Drug Worksheet” to determine if previous offense will affect eligibility. Additional help is available by calling 800-4FED-AID (800.433.3243).
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA.