To be eligible for federal, state and institutional financial aid, you must:
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-citizen (see below).
- If male, be registered with Selective Service (with very few exceptions).
- Have a high school diploma or GED High School Equivalency diploma.
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking or approved certificate program.
- Not be in default on any federal educational loans or owe a refund on a federal grant.
- Make Satisfactory Academic Process.
- Be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours if you are an undergraduate or professional student. Undergraduate students may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and MAP Grant if they are enrolled less-than-half-time.
- Be enrolled for at least 5 credit hours if you are a graduate student.
- Have not completed your degree requirements. Once you have completed your degree requirements, even if you do not accept your degree, you are ineligible for additional financial aid for that particular program.
To meet the Citizen or Eligible Non-citizen criterion, you must be:
- A U.S. Citizen (or U.S. National).
- A permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551 or I-551C).
- The holder of an I-94 from the Department of Homeland Security with one of the following designations:
- Asylum Granted
- Parolee – for a minimum of one year and status has not expired
- Victim of Human Trafficking
- T-Visa Holder: (T1, T2, T3, etc.)
- Cuban-Haitian entrant
In addition to the eligibility criteria outlined on this page, each program may have additional requirements such as Expected Family Contribution (EFC), financial need, etc. Please refer to each program for specific information about eligibility for new students and continued eligibility for returning students.
International students are not eligible for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid. For more information regarding aid resources, please contact the Office of International Services.
Incarcerated students are not eligible for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations:
The Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended (HEA) suspends aid eligibility for students who have been convicted under federal or state law of the sale or possession of drugs, if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid (grants, loans and/or work-study). If you have a conviction(s) for these offenses, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or click here to complete the "Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet" to find out how this law applies to you.
If you have lost federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility if you pass two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Federal regulations state that a student can receive Title IV aid for a previously passed course (D or greater) only once as long as the student is again receiving credit for the course. The OSFA will work with the Registrar to verify this information each semester. For those students deemed to have taken a passed course twice, their financial aid award will be recalculated accordingly.
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