Find out if you qualify for financial aid—and if you do, how to make sure you continue receiving it. Just as there are many types of financial aid, the requirements for receiving aid vary as well.
Are You Eligible for Aid?
The only way to know to be sure if you’re eligible to receive financial aid—and the amount you may receive—is by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Demonstrated Financial Need
Most aid programs require that you demonstrate a need for financial aid. This is determined by subtracting your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an estimate of the amount you and your family are expected to contribute to your annual educational expenses, from your Cost of Attendance (COA), which is an estimate of what it will cost to attend the University.
Appealing Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
If your family financial situation changes after filling out the FAFSA, you can appeal your Expected Family Contribution by filling out a Special Circumstance Form.
A financial aid advisor may adjust your EFC if he or she believes your family’s financial circumstances are no longer accurately reflected in the FAFSA. The advisor will not automatically make this adjustment; there must be valid, substantiated reasons for it, such as:
- Loss or reduction in income
- Divorce, separation or death
- Private secondary education tuition payments
- Decrease in asset equity
- Other factors
If you received financial aid and withdraw from your courses or the University, your financial aid eligibility will be reviewed and you may be required to return all or a portion of the aid you received.
To receive financial aid, you must be a fully admitted degree-seeking student who is enrolled full time:
- Undergraduate = 12+ credits per semester
- Graduate and Professional = 9+ credits per semester
In some cases, you may qualify for limited financial aid as a part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 credits) or a part-time graduate or law student (at least 5 credits).
The following are not eligible for state and federal financial aid:
You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive financial aid.
You’re not eligible to receive federal financial aid if you’ve defaulted on a student loan in the past or owe a refund on a federal Pell Grant or Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG).
Contact One-Stop Student Services or Student Financial Aid to identify ways to regain eligibility.
In addition to undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, several other programs may qualify for financial aid including:
- Certificate Programs
- Combined Degree Programs
- Cooperative Education
- Repeated Courses
- Second Undergraduate Degrees
- Study Abroad
- Summer Courses