Please review all of our eligibility requirements before you apply for financial aid, and contact us with any questions.
A student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to receive federal aid. An eligible non-citizen is defined as:
- U.S. permanent resident with a valid Alien Registration Receipt (I-151 or I-551).
- Conditional Permanent resident (I-151).
- Other eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- Other eligible non-citizen with a Temporary Resident Card (I-688).
If a student is in the U.S. on an F1 or F2 student visa, only a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or only a G series (pertaining to international organizations), they are not eligible for federal student aid.
Financial Aid History
Applicants must not be in default on a federal loan or in overpayment status. They cannot have exceeded annual or aggregate loan limits.
Your personal financial aid history can be obtained by visiting the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website. You will need your federal PIN # to access your account.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students who receive financial aid must be enrolled in an eligible program and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as defined by their academic program.
The Financial Aid Office, in consultation with the Registrar and the Office of Student Affairs, assesses students’ academic progress every term. Students whose cumulative GPA does not meet the SAP standards set forth by their program will receive written notice when they are in danger of being placed on financial aid probation.
Students placed on financial aid probation may become eligible for aid again once they have improved their academic performance to meet their program’s SAP standards.
Social Security Number
Student must provide a correct Social Security Number (SSN).
Male students have to be registered with Selective Service to receive federal financial aid. Registration should be completed between the ages of 18 and 25.
Selective Service can be reached at (847) 688-6888 for enrollment verification.
Entrance & Exit Interview
Incoming students and first time loan borrowers need to complete the Entrance Test before applying for federal student loans. Please go to www.studentloans.gov
Students that are graduating, withdrawing, or dropping below half time enrollment need to complete the Exit Test. Please go to www.studentloans.gov, click on tools and exit interview.