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).
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.