Office of Financial Aid Office of Financial Aid

Eligibility for Aid

To receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements.

You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male and 18 to 25 years of age (go to for more information).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree* in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid program.
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).
  • Make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree.
  • You must not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • You must demonstrate financial need (except for unsubsidized Direct Loans).

* Eligible programs: Bachelor, Second Bachelor, Teacher Certification, Masters, Specialist, or Doctoral

Ineligible programs: Graduate Certificate (some exceptions**), Self Improvement, Guest, and non-matriculated


**Eligible Graduate Certificate programs (College of Business): Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, E-Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing Management, Organizational Development, Supply Chain Management