Federal Financial Aid Basics

For more information go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility

Financial Need Demonstrate financial need (for most but not all programs)
U.S. Citizen or Eligible Noncitizen You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
Social Security Number You must have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau)
Selective Service You must be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
Enrollment You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program.You must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds.
Satisfactory Academic Progress You must meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the school you are or will be attending.
Default or Grant Repayment owed You must sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant
Educational Purpose You must sign statements on the FAFSA stating that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
High School Diploma/GED You must show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.