Please read the eligibility requirements outlined below to verify your qualification for federal financial aid.

1. Citizenship

In order to be eligible for federal aid a student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen is defined as:

  • U.S. permanent resident with a valid Alien Registration Receipt (I-151 or I-551).
  • Conditional Permanent resident (I-151C).
  • Other eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Other eligible non-citizen with a Temporary Resident Card (I-688).

*If a student is in the U.S. on an F1 or F2 student visa, only a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or only a G series (pertaining to international organizations), they are not eligible for federal student aid.

2. Financial Aid History

  • Student is not in default on a federal loan.*
  • Student is not in overpayment status.
  • Student has not exceeded annual or aggregate loan limits.*

This information can be obtained by visiting the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website You will need your federal PIN # to access your account.

3. Financial Need

Student must demonstrate a financial need.

4. Academic

Student has to be enrolled in an eligible program and meet satisfactory progress.

5. Social Security Number

Student must provide a correct Social Security Number (SSN).

6. Selective Service

Male students have to be registered with Selective Service* to receive federal financial aid. Registration should be completed between the ages of 18 and 25.

*Selective Service can be reached at (847) 688-6888 for enrollment verification.