Eligibility for federal aid is determined on the basis of financial need as well as several other factors. In order to receive aid from federal programs, a student must:
Have financial need (which is NOT required for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan or Direct Graduate PLUS Loan ).
Have a high school diploma or GED or pass a test approved by the Department of Education.
Be degree-seeking in a program of study.
Be enrolled in an eligible program of study and taking classes required of that program.
Have a valid Social Security number.
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Register with the Selective Service System, if required.
Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school.
Attend at least half time to receive a Direct Loan.