• Office of Financial Aid

    Eligibility Requirements for Financial Assistance

    Eligibility for financial assistance depends upon many factors. Being eligible does not guarantee that you will receive an award, since award selection criteria are not the same as eligibility criteria.

    However, before you receive an award, you must first be eligible. To be eligible to receive financial aid, you must:

    1.be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    2.be a high school graduate or have earned an equivalency such as a General education Diploma (G.E.D.)
    3.be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program
    4.be making satisfactory academic progress (refer to the Standard of Academic Progress Policy)
    5.have a valid social security number
    6.Not be in default on a Federal Student Loan or owe a refund to a federal grant program.
    7.If you are a male between the age of 18 and 26, you must be registered with selective service.

    Financial assistance from most Federal programs is based on need. Your award depends on your and your family’s ability to meet college costs.

    State and Federal programs have separate formulas for determining the family’s ability to contribute to college costs. Your need is determined by the following calculation:

    Special Note:  The Office of Financial Aid determines a student financial aid eligibility, not FAFSA.  Students are required to be in compliance with the Financial Aid Office Standard of Academic Progress Policy.