Federal Aid Programs & Requirements


The following are general requirements and conditions students must meet to be eligible for federal student aid programs:

  • Demonstrate financial need for need-based federal aid programs. The Financial Aid need is determined by student's Cost of Attendance (COA) - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) / Student Aid Index (SAI) = Financial Need. 
  • Be a student enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program at a Title IV eligible institution.
  • Register for at least six credit hours of study (except for Pell Grants which can be awarded if you are registered for as little as one credit).
  • Have a high school diploma or a state recognized equivalent such as a GED certificate.
  • Not be simultaneously enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid, correct Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Not be in default of a Federal loan or owe an overpayment on a federal grant or Federal Perkins Loan.
  • Not have borrowed in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits.
  • Be in good academic standing and maintaining satisfactory progress towards completing a degree.
  • Provide documentation to verify the information on the FAFSA if it’s requested.
  • Students will be limited to a maximum of 12 terms of full-time Pell payments or its equivalent for part-time study.

In addition, a student’s eligibility for federal funds may be affected by such factors as:

  • Prior degrees earned
  • Enrollment status
  • Remedial course work

For more information about Federal Aid eligibility, click here.