To receive aid from any of the federal student aid programs, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- Have financial need, except for some loan programs.
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under state law. See your financial aid administrator for more information.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. (You may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate, bachelor's, or graduate degree program.)
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, you can find out more about applying for one through the Internet at www.ssa.gov.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the postsecondary school you are or will be attending.
- Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
- Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
- Register with the Selective Service, if required.