Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid
Eligibility for federal financial aid is based on the methodology written into law by the U.S. Congress. Our primary objective is to assist as many students as possible by using a combination of available funds. Loan applications and renewals are processed in the order they are received. If you complete your application by our published deadlines, your aid will be processed before the beginning of the term.
An application is not complete until all required documentation is submitted. The final determination of eligibility and award rests with the University and is based upon uniform and consistent treatment of family circumstances.
To receive federal funds administered by the Financial Aid Office, you must:
- Have a high school diploma (or equivalent)
- Be enrolled as a regular student (e.g., not special admit, transient, or audit) in a degree-granting program at least half time (6 units)
- Have a valid Social Security number
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward completion of your degree
- Not owe a refund on any federal grant
- Not be in default on any student loan previously received
- Be registered with the Selective Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service if required by law to do so
- Not have been rendered ineligible for federal aid as a result of a drug conviction
Federal regulations require that we verify the accuracy of information provided. As a result, applicants may be required to submit federal tax return transcripts, INS and Selective Service status confirmation, etc. The Financial Aid Office cannot process your application until all required documents are received.