Eligibility for state or federal aid
To qualify for any type of state or federal aid-including grants, work study, or loans-a student must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). February 15 is the priority deadline for the following academic year.
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, meet other standards your state establishes and the U.S. Department of Education approves, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under state law. Please contact our office for more information.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. You may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree program.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the postsecondary school you are or will be attending.
- Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
- Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
- Register with the selective service, if required.