Determining Eligibility

Basic Eligibilty Criteria include the following:

  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
  • 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 program;
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (6 quarter hours) to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • 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 federal student grant and;
    • You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes and;
    • Show you're qualified to obtain a college education by
      • Having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate;
      • Completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.


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