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Financial Aid Basics

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements vary widely between aid programs, especially programs with different funding sources (federal, state, institutional, or private). Some programs require financial need, others do not. Some aid programs also select the strongest applicants based on a competitive comparison of the student's academic records or other achievements.

Federal "General Eligibility" Requirements

To be eligible to receive most federal financial aid programs (Including federal loans, Federal Work-study funds, and Federal Pell, SEOG, and TEACH Grants) you must meet all of the following eligibility requirements. Many of these requirements also apply to state and institutional aid programs.

  • Formal admission into a degree or certificate program.

  • Meet TU's Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

  • Meet Citizenship Requirements (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, or other eligible non-citizen).

  • Must have a valid social security number.

  • Male students must register for Selective Service.

  • Must sign both of the following certification statements on your FAFSA:
    • You must certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
    • You must certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.

  • Must not violate the Drug Conviction Provisions
    Federal aid regulations suspend aid eligibility for some students who were convicted of selling or possessing drugs while they were receiving federal student aid. If you have a conviction that might apply, call 1-800-4-FED-AID or complete a "Drug Conviction Worksheet" to determine if your eligibility has been suspended. Visit the following web site for the worksheet and an explanation of the options for regaining aid eligibility.

Additional Federal Eligibility Requirements:

Financial Aid Office
Enrollment Services, Room 339
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Reception Desk)
            Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Financial Aid Call Center)

Phone: 410-704-4236
Fax: 410-704-2584
E-mail: finaid@towson.edu




 

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