Eligibility Requirements

International Students

Student Financial Services does not award financial aid to international or foreign students. Students may apply for alternative loan programs that are available from private financial institutions.

 

 Continuing Education Students

Students attending the School of Continuing and Professional Studies must meet all the general requirements described above and must also be enrolled at least half-time in the degree-granting program of study. In most cases, students in a non-degree or certificate program are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Students must meet all eligibility requirements described here to be considered for any Title IV federal financial aid programs and need-based aid assistance from the University.

Have a High School Diploma or Equivalent

To be eligible for aid, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, or have a certificate indicating they have completed a home-study program recognized by their home state.

Be Enrolled in an Approved Degree or Certificate Program

Students must be enrolled in an approved degree-seeking program, or approved certificate program, to be eligible for any financial aid from the University. A list of programs and degrees is published in the Undergraduate Record and the Graduate Record. Students studying in an approved study abroad program or through one of the University's exchange programs are eligible for financial aid from the University. A list of approved study abroad and exchange programs is available from the Office of International StudiesThe University does not offer financial aid for students in certificate programs except for the following Education (Curry) programs:

  1. Administration and Supervision
  2. Elementary Education
  3. Special Education
  4. Reading Specialist

Credit Hours

In order to receive a full financial aid award package, undergraduate students must be full-time (meaning at least at least twelve credit hours each semester). Undergraduates who receive prior approval from their dean to take less than a full-time course load may have their financial aid award reduced as required by federal regulations and institutional policies, but generally must remain in at least six credit hours to be considered for financial aid.

Graduate students must register at least half time and for a minimum of six credit or non-topical/research/thesis hours each semester during the academic year to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen

Students must be United States citizens or classified as eligible non-citizens in order to be eligible for federal, state, and University financial assistance. Students must fit one of the following categories in order to be considered eligible non-citizens:

Citizen not born in United States

  • Certificate of Citizenship (Must have student's name, certificate number and the date the certificate was issued.)
  • Certificate of Naturalization ( Must have student's name, certificate number, Alien Registration Number, name of the court and the date where naturalization occurred.)
  • Certificate of Birth Abroad (Must have embossed seal "United States of America" and "State Department".)
  • U.S. Passport

Non-citizen National

  • U.S. Passport (Must be stamped "Non-citizen National")

Permanent Resident

  • "Permanent Resident Card"(Form I-551), or the "Alien Registration Receipt Card"(Form I-151)
  • Foreign Passport (Must be stamped"processed for I-551" with expiration date.)
  • I-94 (Must be stamped "Processed for I-551 with expiration date, or Temporary Form I-551," with appropriate information filled in.)

Have a Valid Social Security Number

Students must have a valid Social Security number to receive financial aid. Exceptions to this rule are students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

Be Registered with the Selective Service

Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for financial aid.

Not in Default on a Loan or Owe a Refund on a Grant

To be eligible for financial assistance, students must not be in default on a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Supplemental Loan for Students, or Federal Direct Loan, nor owe any refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.

Not Have a Drug Conviction

Students must not have been convicted of violating any federal or state law related to the possession or sale of drugs while receiving Title IV aid. Students who are convicted must notify Student Financial Services. They may lose their eligibility for Title IV financial assistance and may be required to pay back any aid they received prior to their conviction.

Demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, according to the standards and practices of the University. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may not receive federal Title IV assistance or state and University need-based grants and scholarships.