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

  • be a regularly admitted student enrolled in an eligible program of study for the purpose of obtaining a degree;
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required);
  • be a high school graduate or have a recognized equivalent (official high school transcript, GED certificate or College transcripts with equivalent earned credits is required for all undergraduates students);
  • not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an over payment on a FSA grant or loan;
  • not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA;
  • be registered with the Selective Service (if required);
  • be satisfying Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards;
  • not be enrolled solely in remedial coursework;
  • not be currently enrolled in secondary school;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • not have been convicted of an illegal drug-related offense committed while receiving financial aid. If convicted, the student must visit the FAFSA website to complete the FAFSA. The student will be asked about their drug conviction status and provided a “Drug Worksheet” to complete in order to determine eligibility. Additional help is available by calling 800-4FED-AID (800-433-3243);
  • be enrolled at least half-time if applying to receive Federal Direct Loan funding;
  • not be incarcerated;
  • certify the federal student aid will only be used for educational purposes;
  • and demonstrate financial need for the Pell program or subsidized loans.