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Federal Financial Aid Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements

Eligibility

The following are eligibility requirements to participate in the Federal Student Aid Programs:

  1. Students with the following citizenship status are eligible to receive federal student aid:
    • U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
    • U.S. Permanent Resident
    • Refugee, Asylum Granted, Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Conditional Entrant (only if issued before 1980), Parolee
    • Battered Immigrant-qualified alien
    • T-visa or a parent with a T-1 visa
    * F1 student visa holders are not eligible for federal student aid
  2. Students must have a valid Social Security Number
  3. Students must have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a state-recognized equivalent; or complete a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law; or enroll in an eligible career pathways program.
  4. Students must be registered with the Selective Service if required by law (male, 18-25 years of age). Those required to register who failed to do so before their 26th birthday may forfeit their eligibility for aid if they cannot demonstrate that their failure to register was not done knowingly and willfully.
  5. Be admitted and enrolled in an eligible program of study
  6. Students must currently not be in default of any federal educational loan or owe a repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, or State Grant.
  7. Demonstrate financial need.
  8. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to be eligible and remain eligible for federal student aid programs. Please view the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for more information.

Enrollment

A student must maintain at-least a half-time status to remain eligible for Federal Loans.
Below are enrollment definitions:

Enrollment Status Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
  Fall & Spring Summer Fall, Spring, & Summer
Full-Time 9 credits 6 credits 12 credits
¾ Time 6 credits n/a 9 credits
Half-Time n/a 3 credits 6 credits
Less Than Half Time 3 credits n/a 3 credits