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Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

Federal Title IV aid programs that the College participates in includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, Federal Work Study, and the William D. Ford Direct Loan programs (subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS).

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an eligible permanent resident;
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program;
  • Have a valid social security number;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward graduation;
  • Be a high school graduate or the equivalent or have established eligibility via the passage of a nationally recognized Ability-To-Benefit test prior to July 1, 2012;
  • Not be in default on a financial aid loan nor owe a refund to a financial aid grant received at any postsecondary college or institution;
  • Have completed U.S. Selective Service requirements, if applicable.
  • Sign  the certification on the FAFSA that he/she will use federal student aid funds only for educational purposes.
  • In addition, please note the following program-specific requirements: 
    • Students must be enrolled on at least a half-time basis to receive funds under the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. 
    • Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree or a first professional degree cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant or a Federal SEOG award. 
    • Students incarcerated in federal or state penal institutions are not eligible for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grants, or Federal SEOG awards. 
    • Students subject to an involuntary civil commitment following incarceration for a sexual offense are not eligible for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grants, or Federal SEOG awards. 
  • Students enrolled in diploma programs are considered to be enrolled on a full-time basis.  Enrollment status for degree students is based on attempted credits each term, as noted in the following table:


Degree Programs

Status Credits
Full-Time 12 or more credits
3/4 Time 9-11 credits
1/2 Time 6-8 credits
Less than 1/2 Time Less than 6 credits


For more details about federal student aid eligibility requirements, log on to the Department of Educations’ information page at 



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