To receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. You must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
- Be registered with Selective Service if you are male and between the ages of 18 to 25 years of age (click here for more information on Selective Service).
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs.
- Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, loans, or work-study).
Also: You must not owe a refund on a federal grant, be in default on a federal student loan and you must demonstrate financial need (except for unsubsidized loans).
Last modified: Jul 26, 2018