Step #1 Eligibility

To begin, be sure to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements to receive federal and state aid.

Complete the FAFSA

You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Indicate our school code: 010453.


You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. You are considered a citizen or eligible non-citizen if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are a U.S. national (this includes natives of American Samoa, or Swain's Island).
  • You are a U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151, I-551, or I-551C).
  • You are not a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, but have an I-94 or I-94A with one of the following designations: refugee; asylum granted; indefinite parole; humanitarian parole; Cuban-Haitian entrant, status pending; or conditional entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980).
Registered for Selective Service

Male students ages 18 to 25 must be registered for Selective Service. Federal law requires that all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants residing in the U.S. (permanent resident aliens) must be registered within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Men born after December 31, 1959 who are not registered for selective service are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional grants or loans.

High School Diploma or GED

You must have a High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) High School Equivalency Diploma.

Degree or Certificate

You must be working toward a degree or certificate.

Default on Loans

You may not be in default on any federal educational loans or owe a refund on a federal grant.


If you have been convicted of a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense and are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for that offense, you have limited aid eligibility.

Drug Offense

You must not have been convicted of a drug offense while receiving financial aid. A conviction for any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment for which you receive Title IV federal student aid may result in the loss of future financial aid eligibility.

If you are convicted of possessing or selling drugs after you submit your FAFSA, you must notify the Financial Aid Office immediately. If you successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program, you may regain federal student aid eligibility on the date the program is successfully completed.