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Who Can Get Financial Aid?

Financial Aid Basics

Who Can Get Financial Aid?

Most students are eligible to receive some form of financial aid from the government to assist in paying for college. Factors like your age, race or program of study will not be considered when determining most forms of student financial aid. While you or your family's income is a factor for consideration in need-based aid, it doesn’t automatically prevent you from receiving aid so don’t let that prevent you from applying. To be eligible for state or federal financial aid, you’ll need to:

  • Be a high school graduate or GED recipient.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible permanent resident.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
  • Have a valid Social Security number.

Once you are attending the college of your choice, you will need to make satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving federal student aid. That means:

  • Making adequate grades.
  • Completing enough classes or credit hours.
  • Moving toward successfully completing your degree or certificate.