Determining Eligibiity

Basic Eligibility Criteria

The general eligibility requirements are that you must:

• 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
                       o you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
                       o you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
• show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by
                       o having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
                       o completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.

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