Before any assistance is granted (Federal Pell Grant or Federal Stafford/PLUS Loan), general federal student financial aid eligibility and program requirements must be met. To be eligible for federal student financial aid the student must:
- Establish eligibility by completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal Application;
- Not be in default on any Title IV loan (Federal Perkins or Federal Stafford), or owe a refund or repayment on educational funds received at any institution;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States;
- Be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male at least 18 years old born after December 31, 1969 (most males between the ages of 18 and 25, including permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens, are required to register with Selective Service);
- Enroll in and maintain at least a half-time class load;
- Use all funds received through financial aid for educational purposes;
- Be accepted for admission by the college and enrolled in a degree program;
- Be making satisfactory academic progress;
- Not have been convicted of certain drug violations;
- Have a valid Social Security Number; and
- Have graduated from high school or an approved home school program or received a GED (General Equivalency Diploma).
For more information on student eligibility, the application process, and financial aid programs and annual maximum amounts, please read the two-page flyer, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college.