Who Can Get Financial Aid?
Pretty much anyone can get some form of financial aid, but obviously that varies depending on the person and the source of aid. As far as federal financial aid, which is the largest provider of financial aid, there are some specific eligibility requirements:
- Financial need (although not always, so you should absolutely apply anyway)
- US citizen or Eligible Non-citizen
- Must have a valid Social Security Number
- Be registered with the Selective Service (the military) if you’re male and between 18 and 25 years old.
- Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
- Be enrolled at least 1/2 time to be eligible for the the federal Direct Loan Program (more about that later)
- Maintain satisfactory grades and progress while you’re in college or career school
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent, or have successfully completed homeschooling per your state’s DOE laws.
- Limited eligibility for students with criminal convictions, but in many cases there is eligibility.
But keep in mind… even if you don’t qualify for FEDERAL financial aid you may very well qualify for aid from other sources like the school you’ll be attending, your state, or even private organizations that offer scholarships and other forms of aid!