Eligibility requirements vary widely between different aid programs.
Aid programs include many different grant, scholarship, loan, and work programs from different funding sources (federal, state, institutional, or private). Some aid programs require financial need, but many others do not. Most grants require financial need. Most scholarships don't require financial need and are awarded to the strongest applicants based on a competitive comparison of students' academic or other achievements.
To apply for most federal aid programs (including federal loans, grants, and work-study funds) and TU's need-based grants, you must meet all of the federal general eligibility requirements below. Each of these aid programs also have additional eligibility requirements. Some of the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) state grants and scholarships also use some of these requirements.
Students must meet all six requirements below. Parents who borrow Federal PLUS Loans must meet requirements 1 and 2.
Undocumented and DACA students do not meet these federal requirements, but are eligible for other aid programs. (Old aid regulations used to deny aid to certain students with drug convicitions, but those restrictions have been eliminated.)
The following aid programs also require financial need:
The following aid programs DO NOT require financial need: