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Eligibility Criteria

To receive aid from any of the federal student aid programs, you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security Number
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass an approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree
  • Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25. You can give Selective Service permission to register you on the FAFSA. You can also register online at:
  • Have financial need in order to qualify for need-based aid. Financial need is determined by a standard formula established by Congress to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards set by the Federal Guidelines
  • Certify on your FAFSA that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Certify on your FAFSA that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Must maintain at least half-time enrollment status to receive student loans, TSAA, or Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship. Most grants are prorated based on the number of credit hours enrolled.
  • Federal financial aid will only apply to classes which are required for the student's program of study.