Generally, financial aid eligibility is established once a student has shown through application that the following criteria are satisfied:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Be enrolled or intend to enroll on at least a half time basis.
- Show financial need.
- Not be in default on an educational loan nor owe a refund to any financial aid office.
- Be registered, or formerly registered, with the Selective Service (for male students only).
- Be a regular student in an eligible program enrolling for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate.
- Have ability to benefit from prior education provided. For 2012-13, regulations now require new students to have a high school diploma, GED, or State Certificate of Proficiency. Students who have previously met ability to benefit through testing or completion of degree applicable units are still eligible.
- Have an eligible educational goal. Eligible goals are an AA/AS or vocational degree, degree and/or transfer and vocational certificates and are evidenced by appropriate matriculation steps.
- Be making satisfactory progress.