Student Financial Aid

How To Apply for Financial Aid

Eligibility Criteria For Federal Financial Aid Programs

Federal Financial Aid Programs

To receive maximum funding from the above programs, you must:

  • file the FAFSA by the priority deadline (for FSEOG, Perkins, HPSL, NSL, FWS)
  • provide documentation by your designated due date (SFA receipt date) of any information requested by Student Financial Aid (except for Pell Grant and Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS Loans)
  • demonstrate financial need (except for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and PLUS Loans)
  • have a high-school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or
    • pass an ability-to-benefit test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or
    • complete a high-school education in a home-school setting which is approved under state law
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • have a valid Social Security number (
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid eligibility
  • certify, by means of your signature on the FAFSA, that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • register with the Selective Service, if required
  • be enrolled at least half time (except for HPSL and FSEOG, which require full-time enrollment; and Pell Grant, which allows less-than-half-time enrollment in most cases) in classes which you are taking for credit (i.e., not auditing).
  • not have a bachelor's degree to be eligible for Pell Grant and FSEOG (eligibility will not extend past your term of graduation)
  • meet other responsibilities as stated in Rights and Responsibilities
  • not have outstanding Federal Perkins Loans or Federal Stafford Loans (either Federal Direct or Federal Family Education Loans) in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits
  • not be in default on a federal student loan nor owe money on a federal student grant, and certify this by means of your signature on the FAFSA and by your signature on a promissory note


First File the FAFSA