Federal Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
Federal Student Aid Programs available are Federal Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grant (AGG), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and Federal Work-Study (FWS).
· File a free application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov.
· Demonstrate financial need.
· Have a high school diploma, a GED, or have a documented ability to benefit. According to current federal regulations, students applying for federal financial assistance without a high school diploma or GED must prove ability to benefit. (See Admission Requirements.)
· Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program.
· Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
· Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
· Not be in default on Federal Perkins Loan (or National Direct Student Loan), Federal Stafford Loan (or Guaranteed Student Loan), Federal PLUS Loan or Supplemental Loan for Students (FSLS).
· Not owe a refund on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), or Alabama Student Assistant Grant (ASAP).
· Agree to use any Federal Student Aid received solely for educational purposes.
· If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, you must register with the Selective Service.
· Must not have a 4 year (Bachelor’s) degree.
Applying for Financial Aid
Expenses for tuition, books, supplies, at-home maintenance, transportation, and miscellaneous personal costs are used in preparing annual student budgets to determine the applicant's financial need. Each year students are required to file the U.S. Department of Education's Application for Federal Student Aid in order to be considered for federal and non-federal aid. Applicants should apply as soon as possible after January 1.
To complete an application for financial aid, the applicant should have the following records available for reference:
1. The U.S. Income Tax Return filed after January 1 for the student, his/her parents (if he/she applies as a dependent student) and his/her spouse's return (if he/she is married and his/her spouse filed a separate return).
2. Records of untaxed benefits such as, veteran’s non-education benefits, payments to tax-deferred pensions, and other agencies that might pay non-taxable benefits.