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Aid Eligibility Requirements

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for our office to be able to determine what types and amounts of financial aid you’re eligible for. Completion of the FAFSA will determine your eligibility for all Federal and state grants, as well as Federal Work-Study and student loans. If you are not eligible for grants, you could still be eligible to get student and/or parent loans.


Income requirements
Income is only one of the factors that determines a student's eligibility for financial aid. There is no fixed income amount that will determine eligibility. Students with a high income are still likely to be eligible for a student loan, even if they don't qualify for grants.

If there has been a reduction in your family's income in the past year, a Financial Aid Advisor can see if you qualify for a special circumstance.

Dependency Status
The Federal government has very strict standards that determine a student's dependency status for financial aid. Under normal circumstances, a student will be classified as dependent until they are 24 years of age, married, a member of the military, or have a child whom they are supporting. Advisors are available in the Financial Aid office to answer questions about dependency.

Academic requirements
Federal policy requires that you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester to be eligible for most financial aid programs.
To receive full time financial aid benefits you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester.

Enrollment is determined by the number of credit hours you’re enrolled in each semester, as follows:
12 + hours = full-time
9 - 11 hours = 3/4 time
6 - 8 hours = 1/2 time
1 - 5 hours = 1/4 time
In accordance with Part 668 Student Assistance General Provisions Retaking Coursework (§ 668.2), upon successful completion of a class (with a D or better), students may repeat the course once and receive financial assistance.

Don’t lose your benefits!
There are financial aid consequences for dropping or withdrawing from any class! You must meet with a financial aid advisor before dropping or withdrawing from a class. Stop in during the walk-in hours to discuss the possible implications.

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