Applicants must meet the below requirements to be eligible to apply for and receive financial aid.
Meet the satisfactory degree status requirements.
You must be accepted as a "DEGREE" status student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
Be accepted or enrolled in at least 6 credits (half time).
If a recipient of Title IV - Federal grant or loan funds withdraws from a school after beginning attendance, the amount of Title IV grant or loan assistance earned by the student must be determined. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, the unearned funds must be returned. If the amount disbursed to the student is less than the amount the student earned, and for which the student is otherwise eligible, he or she is eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid that was not received.
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
A permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551) A conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
Or the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing the designations of Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), Victim of Human Trafficking, T-Visa Holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.), or Cuban-Haitian Entrant.
Meet the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements as a degree student.
Each school sets its own SAP policy, and students must meet the requirements of the SAP policy of the school he or she is enrolled in to be eligible for federal financial aid.
Every school's SAP standards include 3 components;
a qualitative measurement component such as a grade point average (GPA),
a quantitative measurement component referred to as the student's pace, and
a maximum time frame of program completion.
Students concerned with academic challenges should contact the Early Alert Program. The mission of the Early Alert Program (EAP) is to provide early intervention through early indicators to students identified through multiple collegiate channels as needing additional academic and social support. For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (610) 436-2187.
Not be in default on a student loan or owe any repayment to a financial aid program.
Contact your lender. The lender may be able to work with you to develop a more flexible payment plan to get out of default as quickly as possible.
Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
Your eligibility might be suspended if the offense occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, or work-study). Preview the drug eligibility worksheet.
It is important that you take the steps necessary to actually receive the funds you have been offered. Know the below Student Consumer Rights and Responsibilities to follow through on what needs to be done.
You have the right to ask a school:
The names of its accrediting organizations.
About its programs, physical facilities and its faculty.
What the cost of attending the university will be.
About withdrawal and refund policies.
Financial aid programs, policies and procedures.
Meet with a representative of the university if you have questions or need help.
You have the responsibility to:
Review and consider all information about a school's program before you enroll.
Know and comply with the deadlines for applying for aid.
Understand the eligibility requirements of the aid you receive to maintain eligibility.
Read and understand all forms that you are asked to sign and keep copies.
Accept responsibility for the promissory note and all other agreements that you sign.
Honor your commitments.
Monitor your financial aid and ensure its accuracy and completeness.
Respond to request for documentation in a complete and timely fashion.
Notify your aid office and your lender of changes in your name, address, or enrollment status.