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Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial Aid Eligibility

To be considered for financial aid, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen is a U.S. permanent resident who has documentation from the Department of Homeland Security verifying that his/her stay in the U.S. is for other than a temporary purpose.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in a course of study leading to a Certificate, AA or AS degree, or Transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree Program.
  • Not be in default on any loan such as Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Direct Loans (subsidized or unsubsidized), Supplemental Loans to Assist Students (SLS) at any college attended.
  • Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
  • Be registered with Selective Service if required to do so.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN).
  • Must have resolved any drug conviction issues.
  • File an income tax return if required to do so.
  • Demonstrate an ability to benefit as defined below.

Ability to Benefit

Students who meet one of the qualifications listed below have demonstrated the ability to benefit from a college education in accordance with applicable Federal Regulations.

  • Received a high school diploma, or
  • Recognized Equivalent of a High School Diploma:
    • A General Educational Development Certificate (GED)
    • A State certificate received by a student after the student has passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma;
    • An academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree
  • Homeschool: The student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting that is treated as a homeschool or private school under State law and has obtained a homeschool completion credential, or, if State law does not require a homeschool student to obtain a homeschool credential, the student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory school attendance requirements under State law.

Note: Students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g.,GED), or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2013, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid. Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program prior to July 1, 2012.  Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least sixty credit hours or 2250 clock hours of postsecondary education.