To establish financial aid eligibility and receive federal student aid, you must:
- You must be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States with a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
- You must 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 http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria for additional information.
- You must enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
- You must be making satisfactory academic progress.
- If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, you must register or already be registered with Selective Service. You must also register if you are not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you are a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Republic of Palau you are exempt from registering (see www.sss.gov for more information).
- If you were convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study), you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are Eligible for aid or Partially Eligible for aid.
- You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal education loan.
- You must have financial need (except for unsubsidized Stafford loans).
In addition, anyone convicted under federal or state law of selling or possessing illegal drugs may not be able to receive federal student aid.