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Infographic: Basic eligibility criteria on studentaid.ed.gov

To be considered for government grant, you must be a U.S. citizen or a qualifying non-citizen who has been admitted to a degree program as at least a part-time student.

If you are taking courses but are not yet admitted to the course, you are not entitled to federal or state subsidies.

► Recipients of federal aid must comply Federal admission requirements (Click or tap the graphic on the left)

► To apply for federal funding, you must also a Free application for federal study grants (FAFSA) Form and all forms created by. are needed Your individual school .

► Borrowers must a Job interview for loan .

► To be eligible for your grant, you must also Satisfactory academic progress .

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It is your responsibility to provide accurate and complete information about the FAFSA and to notify your financial assistance office immediately of any changes to your enrollment plans, housing status or financial situation, including information about institutional or external scholarships that you may receive.

The determination of your financial needs can be based on the number of courses you enroll in. If you enroll in fewer courses than you originally indicated, your financial support may be cut or canceled.

Federal awards administered by universities are not automatically renewed every year. Continuation students are required to submit an renewal of the FAFSA each year by their grant office deadline. Renewal depends on the annual reassessment of your needs, the availability of funds, and satisfactory progress in meeting your study requirements.


Complete conditions for the eligibility of federal aid

Below are the full state aid eligibility requirements.


To be eligible for government grants, the student must be a U.S. citizen or citizen or one of the following eligible non-citizens:

  • A permanent resident of the United States
  • A citizen of one of the Freely Associated States (i.e., the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands)
  • A refugee
  • Approved asylum
  • A probation officer
  • A Cuban Haitian participant, status pending
  • A conditional participant (only valid if issued before April 1, 1980).

The student is not entitled to federal study grants if he:

  • Issuing a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence I-171 or I-464
  • Have an F1 or F2 visa
  • Have a J1 or J2 visitor visa for exchange

Acceptable documents proving the student's citizenship are as follows:

  • A copy of the student's birth certificate showing that the student was born in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swain’s Island, or the Northern Mariana Islands
  • US passport current or expired
  • A certificate of citizenship from INS (N-560 or N-561) with the certificate number and date of issue.
  • Certificate of naturalization from the INS (N-550 or N-570), which must contain the date and certification number.
  • A copy of the following Foreign Ministry documents:
    • FS-240 U.S. Citizen Abroad Birth Report
    • FS-545 International Service Birth Certificate
    • DS-1350 birth certificate



To be eligible for state and state aid, the student must present a valid Social Security Number (SSN).

The Federal Agent for the Free Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA) verifies that the submitted student's SSN is correct and that it matches the specified student's name and date of birth. If the SSN does not match the Social Security Administration (i.e. the number is not found in their database), the FAFSA will be rejected:

  • If the SSN has been misreported to the FAFSA, the student must submit a copy of their social security card to their tax office.
  • If the student's name and SSN match, but the date of birth is different, the student must make a correction in the Student Aid Report (SAR).
  • If the SSN is in the database but there is a discrepancy in the student's name, the student will need to make a correction to the SAR.



Most male students aged 18-25 - including permanent residents and other eligible non-citizens - must register with the Basic military service System. Anyone required to register must have done so in order to receive federal financial assistance.

The student is exempt if:

  • She is female.
  • He is male and currently in the armed forces and on active duty (this exception does not apply to Reserve and National Guard members who are not on active duty).
  • He is male and under 18 when he graduates from FAFSA.
  • He is male and born before 1960.
  • He or she is a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

There are certain less common situations in which registration is waived. Registration is not required for students who:

  • Cannot register due to hospitalization, incarceration, or institutionalization.
  • Enrolled in an officer placement program at the Citadel, North Georgia College, Norwich University, or the Virginia Military Institute.
  • Appointed public health officials in active service or members of the public health reserve.
  • Appointed Officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Visit the Selective Service website for more information.

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Students who have defaulted on a state education loan are not eligible for state tuition but can take the following steps to restore their eligibility:

Satisfactory repayment arrangements

A borrower can repay the defaulted loan in full or make satisfactory repayment arrangements, i. H. six consecutive, voluntary, on-time, full monthly payments that are reasonable and affordable given the borrower's financial situation).

Loan restructuring

After the student has made further payments, the loan can be rehabilitated i.e. that is, it is no longer in default and the student has all normal loan benefits such as B. deferrals. A loan will not be rehabilitated until the borrower makes 12 consecutive, full and voluntary payments on time.

If you are unsure which loan is past due, your clerk can help you identify the loan.



Federal regulations (CFR 668.34) require Columbia University to establish, publish, and apply Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for federal Title IV eligibility. The purpose of measuring and enforcing these standards is to ensure the progress of the fellows on the path to graduation using both qualitative and quantitative methods in accordance with federal regulations. To be eligible for financial assistance (Federal Pell Scholarship, Federal SEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct / PLUS Loan), students must meet or exceed these standards. For more information, see the central SAP guideline.



A student convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance will not be eligible for any scholarship, loan, or job assistance for the period beginning on the date of such title this title conviction and ends at the interval given in the table below.

The following section lists the length of the federal student grant ineligibility period, based on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had a criminal record. If the student has been convicted of both possession and sale of illegal drugs and the lockout times are different, the student will be locked out for the longer period.

Possession of illegal drugs:
1. Offense: 1 year from conviction
Second offense: 2 years from conviction
3+ offenses: indefinite period

Selling illegal drugs:
1. Offense: 2 years from conviction
2nd offense: indefinite period
3+ offenses: indefinite period

A conviction that has been reversed, overturned, or removed from the student's record does not count, even if the student was an adolescent, unless the student was charged as an adult.



A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • The program is qualified to receive funding directly from federal, state, or local government programs
  • The program is eligible to receive payments, directly or indirectly, from a federal or state-approved insurance company
  • The program is administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local authority or court
  • The program is administered or recognized by a federal or state-approved hospital, health clinic, or doctor




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