Eligibility for Financial Aid
You have to complete the FAFSA application and meet any additional requirements for a loan, grant or scholarship. You are eligible to receive financial aid if you meet the following federal and state requirements.
Note: Beginning with the 2012-2013 award year, you can only receive a Pell Grant for up to a maximum of 12 semesters or the equivalent. More information about Pell grants can be found here.
- You must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree program that is at least 16 credits long.
- You can receive financial aid for development credits (coursework below 1000 level) up to 30 attempted credit hours.
- Classes with a grading method of Audit or Test Out are not eligible for financial aid.
- Courses added after the last day to add/drop full-term courses are not eligible for the federal Pell grant.
- Continuing education and custom training courses are not eligible.
- Have a high-school diploma or GED.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Not currently be receiving financial aid at another college.
- Not be in default on a student loan.
- Have registered for Selective Service, if you are a male over the age of 17.
Once you are a student here, to continue to be eligible for financial aid you need do the following.
- Make satisfactory academic progress as measured by your GPA (minimum 2.0) and rate of completing courses (minimum 67 percent). Progress is evaluated at the end of each semester.
- Finish in the maximum timeframe. Credits up to 150 percent of the number required in your program.
- Attend your classes (including participation in online courses). If the College administratively withdraws you from a course because you have not attended classes, you will have to pay back all or part of your financial aid. See Federal Refund Policy.
- Complete any development credits for which you want financial aid in fewer than 30 credit hours.
- Not be convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid such as grants, loans and work study.