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Eligibility Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education has established certain basic eligibility requirements for all federal financial aid. Individual programs may have additional eligibility requirements.

To qualify for most types of Federal Aid, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student pursuing a degree or certificate.
  • Be enrolled for six or more credit hours per term, for most types of aid.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or an eligible noncitizen.
    *While students who are not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or eligible noncitizen are not eligible for federal financial aid, they may be eligible for certain private loans with a U.S. citizen as a cosigner.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number.
  • Make Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress, as defined by Roosevelt University, towards the completion of your degree or certificate.
  • Sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Register with Selective Service, if required.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe money back on a federal student grant.

For complete information on the various eligibility requirements for financial aid, read our Financial Aid Application Guide as well as review our Financial Aid Certifications Statement and the Terms and Conditions of your awards.