To be considered for financial aid, a student must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen is a U.S. permanent resident who has documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service verifying that their stay in the U.S. is for other than a temporary purpose.
- Show that they have financial need.
- Be making satisfactory progress in a course of study leading to an AA or AS degree, certificate, or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
- Not be in default on a Perkins Loan (formerly National Direct Student Loan), Stafford Loan (formerly Guaranteed Student Loan), or Supplemental Loan for Students (SLS) or Parents Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) at any school the student attended.
- Must not owe money on a Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) or State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG).
- Be registered with the Selective Service if required to do so.
- Students who are not high school graduates must provide documentation of ability to benefit by passing a federally approved independently administered test.