FAFSA Requirements

Eligibility for federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors.

To receive federal financial aid, you must:

  • Demonstrate financial need (except for certain loans).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or
  • Complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law, 
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Register with the Selective Service if required.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.