Eligibility requirements vary widely between aid programs especially programs with different funding sources (federal, state, institutional, or private). Some programs require financial need. Other do not. Some aid programs select the strongest applicants based on a competetive comparison of the student's academic records or other achievments.
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 eligibilty requirements.
Many of these requirements also apply to state and institutional aid programs.
Formal admission into a degree or certificate program.
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 Confiction 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.