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Who is eligible for financial aid?
edited February 2017 in Financial Aid
All students who may need financial assistance for college are encouraged to apply for aid. Even those who think they may not be eligible may be surprised. So make sure you apply. Eligibility depends upon a number of factors, including parental income and assets, the number of people the parents support, and the number of children attending college. Even if a student isn't eligible for grants, there are a number of loan programs available. Your eligibility will also be based on some additional factors. First, there are basic requirements that are not related to your financial need. To be eligible for most financial aid you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (see the FAFSA for more detail).
- Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
- Be working toward a degree, certificate or eligible goal (like transfer).
- Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal educational loan.
- Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma (like a GED) or pass the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Examination).
- Not have been convicted of drug possession or sales in the recent past (see the FAFSA for more detail).