Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for financial aid, a student must:

  • Enroll in a degree program (or completing Teacher Certification to become licensed)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident)
  • Make satisfactory academic progress while enrolled
  • Be registered for Selective Service (if applicable) and
  • Not be in default on a prior federal loan or owe an amount on a prior federal grant
  • Terms and Conditions must be read and accepted in order to receive financial aid.

Financial Need

Most student aid is awarded based on financial need.

The federal government reviews the information on your FAFSA to estimate how much you and your family can afford to pay for college. The University bases your aid award on that federal calculation.

Cost of Attendance is an estimate of your college costs, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Actual student spending can vary quite a lot.

Expected Family Contribution is determined by the federal government based on your income and assets, living expenses, taxes, family size, and the number of college students in your household.

Financial Need is the Cost of Attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution.