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.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
When students accept financial aid, they also accept responsibility for making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Information designed to help students understand the requirements for satisfactory academic progress associated with receiving financial assistance is available on line at the following address:
Please read all of this information carefully. You are responsible for understanding these requirements.