Qualifying for Aid/Applying for Aid
To be eligible for federal, state and institutional aid students must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate federal need (may not be required for some loan and institutional programs)
- Have a standard high school diploma, GED or ATB (Ability to Benefit) on file.
- Be enrolled in a college credit program.
- Not be in default or owe an overpayment of Title IV funds.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with permanent residency status and an alien registration identification number (may not be required for some institutional programs).
- Be registered with the Selective Service (males between the ages of 18-25).
- Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits under the Title IV program.
- Federal regulations require that students may only receive financial aid if they are maintaining satisfactory academic progress (see details below).
- Must have all requested documents on file before disbursements can be made.
To apply for financial assistance it is the student's responsibility to annually apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is available at www.fafsa.gov. The students must also provide any required forms and documentation deemed necessary by the Office of Financial Aid. The priority filing deadline is February 1.