Financial Aid Essentials
Frequently Asked Questions
Qualifying for Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal, state and institutional aid students must meet the following criteria
- Demonstrate financial need (may not be required for some institutional programs).
- Have a standard high school diploma or GED.
- Be enrolled in an associates degree or diploma degree program.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
- Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with permanent residency status and an alien registration identification number.
- Be registered with selective service (males between the ages of 18 and 25).
- Must have all requested documents on file before disbursements are made.
Conditions Affecting Eligibility
All financial aid recipients will be required to repay a percentage of funds disbursed if they officially withdraw from college or stop attending all classes before 60 percent of the term has been completed. Financial aid funds will be terminated if a student is in violation of satisfactory academic progress. Corrections made to your Student Aid Report (SAR) can cause changes in award amounts. If you are attending two institutions, your financial aid funds can only be processed at one institution. Awards are based on the credit hours enrolled each semester.
Credit Hours and Enrollment Status
- Full-time status requires 12 or more credit hours.
- 3/4-time status requires 9 to 11 credit hours.
- Half-time status requires 6 to 8 credit hours
- Less than half-time status is designated for enrollment at or below 5 credit hours.