Financial Aid Eligibility

All students must meet the following criteria to apply for Title IV Federal Aid—grants, work study, and loans:

  • Be enrolled as a regular student in a degree-seeking or certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (permanent resident).
  • Not be in default on prior student loans or owe a refund on a federal grant.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress as described in the section,  Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Registered with Selective Service, if required to do so.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Be enrolled in eligible program and courses.

Added Federal Loan requirement

To be eligible for federal loans you must be enrolled in 6 hours of course work that is eligible for financial aid at the time of the loan disbursement. Discover more information about loans.

Census Date and Financial Aid Eligibility

In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid will recalculate Federal and State aid based on the enrollment status as of the census date set by the College. The census date is the point at which your enrollment is locked, and it can be found in the Academic Calendar located in the current Catalog. Federal Pell Grant funds may be available to students enrolled less than half-time. See year-round Pell for exceptions.

Awards that are affected by the census date are:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • GO Grant

Note: Direct loans are recalculated prior to disbursement.