The following criteria must be met for a student to be eligible to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA):

  • 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 national, or an eligible non-citizen (verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required)
  • Be qualified to study at the postsecondary level
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a FSA grant or loan
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for FSA
  • If the student is a male, he must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Meeting 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. If convicted, the student must visit FAFSA online to complete the FAFSA. The student will be asked about their drug conviction status and provided a “Drug Worksheet” to complete which determines 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 Loans
  • Not be incarcerated
  • Certify that FSA will only be used for educational purposes
  • Demonstrate financial need to be eligible to receive need based funding
  • Be prepared to submit any requested documentation that supports information reported on the application