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What are the general eligibility requirements for Federal Student Aid?

To receive funds under any of the Federal Student Aid programs, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate program.
  • Be enrolled in courses that are part of the degree program the student is admitted and actively pursuing.
    • Graduate students who are admitted to two degree programs have a priority 1 degree program and a priority 2 degree program. In these circumstances, the courses registered for in a semester need to coincide with the priority 1 degree program. If the courses registered in a semester coincide with the priority 2 degree program instead of the priority 1 degree program, the priority number of the degrees need to be changed. Students need to contact the Graduate School to make this change.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours).
    • Students enrolled in May Mini will need to also be enrolled in Summer 1 to be considered for financial aid*.
    • Students enrolled in Winter Mini will need to also be enrolled in the Spring semester to be considered for financial aid*.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Be in good academic standing and maintainSatisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward completion of a degree or certificate.
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan.
  • Demonstrate a Financial Need – except for some loan programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( and submit any required documentation required for verification.

*Payment for May mini or Winter mini courses is due before financial aid can be released. Students will need to either pay out of pocket or contact the Bursar’s Office to obtain a tuition loan. Once financial aid for the particular semester is released the Bursar’s Office will apply it to the tuition loan and any other current debt to the University.

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