Q4. How can I find out if I qualify for financial aid?
For all Federal Programs, the student must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen, a national or other eligible non-citizen. Permanent residents may be required to provide a copy of their I-151, I-551 or I-551C Alien Registration Receipt Card.
2. Not be in default on any National Direct Student Loan, Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford or Federal Supplemental Loans. This also applies to parents if applying for Federal Parent Loans (PLUS).
3. Have a valid Social Security number.
4. Not owe a refund or repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). This also applies to parents if applying for Federal PLUS loans.
5. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
6. (Males) Comply with U.S. Selective Service registration requirements to be eligible for federal and state aid.
If you meet the above criteria, the first thing you need to do to apply for financial aid is complete the FAFSA. You (and your parents) will need to apply for a PIN so you can sign your FAFSA electronically.
After completing your FAFSA you can research scholarship opportunities at school and in your community. You can also search the web for national scholarships. Each scholarship sets their own eligibility requirements – be sure to verify your eligibility before you apply.