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Eligibility Requirements

To receive aid from any of the Federal student aid programs, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Have financial need as determined by your financial aid application (FAFSA) .
  • Have a high school diploma, a GED certificate or completed a homeschool curriculum.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward an associate degree.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.


  • Not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a repayment on a Federal grant. 
  • Certify that all federal aid received will be used only for educational purposes.
  • All male citizens of the U.S. and male immigrant aliens 18 through 25 years old must be registered with the Selective Service .
  • Effective July 1, 2000, a law suspends aid eligibility for students convicted under federal or state law of sale or possession of drugs. Instructions on the FAFSA will help determine eligibility.
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