Students are eligible for an aid program if they meet the following requirements:
- Demonstrate economic need.
- Have a high school diploma or a general equivalence test (GED).
- Be enrolled in an academic program conducive to a degree or certificate.
- Be a citizen of the United States or a foreign citizen able to participate in federal financial aid programs for students.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as established by the norms of the institution.
- Register for the Selective Service if you are a male, born on or after January 1st, 1960.
- Certificate of Educational Purposes. The student must certify the following:
- That he/she will use the financial aid only for educational purposes.
- That he/she is not currently in default on payments of any federal student loan.
- That he/she does not owe any excess payment of any federal grant.
- Not having been convicted, under federal or state law, for selling or possessing any illegal drugs.
- Not be jailed in any federal or state penitentiary institution.
- Be enrolled at least part-time, except for Federal Pell Grants, where students may be enrolled for less that part-time.
- Not having received a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for Pell and FSEOG grants.
- Provide all documents and information requested by the Fianancial Aid Office.
To meet the citizenship or the eligible non-citizen criteria, the student needs to be:
- An American citizen.
- A permanent citizen with residency.
- Present Form I-94 from the Department of Homeland Security, with one of the following designations:
- When asylum is granted
- Parolee-permit for a minimum of one year
- Victim of human trafficking
- Cuban-Haitian entry
- Visa (T1, T2, T3, etc.)
Aside from the eligibility requirements described here, each program may have additional requirements, such as the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), economic need, and others. Please consult each program to get specific information about eligibility for prospective, new, and active students.