Eligibility for financial aid

Most of the financial aid programs we offer do have some common eligibility rules.  To qualify for federal financial aid, a student must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.  Some aid programs are available for international students.
  • Be admitted to the university in an approved program and meet minimum enrollment requirements.  Review your options for aid if you are a non-matriculated student.
  • Not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a grant or loan for which the student was not eligible
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress based on federal, state and institutional requirements
  • Provide financial information (including parents’ information, where required)
  • Be free of any federal or state drug-related convictions while you were receiving federal student aid

Eligible students are considered for funding based on three things: need, class level and state residency status.  Need determines priority for those programs within the class level.  Students with the fewest resources are given first priority for all aid funds.

In general, students whose FAFSA is received after the priority deadline and students who are part-time or post-baccalaureate (5th year) are considered for only limited types of aid.  Students who are less than full-time or have exceptional circumstances may contact our office for possible consideration for additional types of aid.