Eligibility Requirements

Our general eligibility requirements are that you must

  • demonstrate financial need.
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that
  • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
  • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
  • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
  • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or

To apply for Title IV aid, a student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FSFA). This is required for all students who wish to receive FSA. Through established formula a student’s need is calculated based on an analysis of household and financial information from the FAFSA and determining the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Federal Deadline

FAFSA applications must be received by June 30 in the year on which the application is intended for. Online applications for 2017/2018 must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2018.