To be eligible to receive
federal student aid, you must:
•Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
•Have a valid Social Security Number. (Students from the
Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the
Republic of Palau are exempt from this requirement.)
•Have a high school diploma or a General Education
Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling. If you don’t,
you may still be eligible for federal student aid if you were enrolled in
college or career school prior to July 1, 2012. Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria
for additional information.
•Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student
seeking a degree or certificate.
•Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
•Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default
on a federal student loan.
•Register (or already be registered) with the Selective
Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S.
Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic
of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering;
see https://sss.gov for more information.)
•Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal
drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid
(such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must
complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible
for aid or partially eligible for aid.