Federal Financial Aid Requirements

Q: How do I qualify for financial aid? What are the financial aid requirements?

A: If you are a U.S. citizen, you probably qualify for federal student aid.

The road to financial aid starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA).

The information you provide on this form will be used to determine how much aid, and what types of aid, you will be offered at each of the schools you are considering.

Family income information is required, so you will likely need the help of a parent to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov

Aside from completing the FAFSA, you must also meet the following requirements to be eligible for a federal student aid:

Requirements to Qualify for Financial Aid

1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (for most programs) with a valid Social Security number,

2. Be working toward a degree or certificate,

3. Have a high school diploma, a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or meet other standards your state establishes that meet the high school education requirement,

4. Register with the Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25,

5. Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.

These are general eligibility requirements. To get more detailed information, see Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid at:


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