Eligibility for Financial Aid
Be Sure You Know the Rules
The most important federal eligibility rules require that you:
- Demonstrate financial need (for most programs) through your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number. The most common type of eligible non-citizen is a permanent resident with a “green card,” although some others also are eligible.
- Have a high school diploma, GED certificate, or equivalent home-schooling credential.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program.
- Be enrolled at least half-time (for most programs).
- Make Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your degree or certificate.
- Use financial aid only for educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, and books.
A complete list of requirements is available from the U.S. Department of Education.