How does the school determine my eligibility?
A formula approved by Congress is used to process the financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The result is an index number --- called the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) --- which determines eligibility.
The formula is standard to ensure that all students are treated fairly.
Are there other requirements?
A financial aid recipient must have a high school diploma or GED Certificate to receive aid. If a student does not have a high school diploma they must take and pass the GED in order to be eligible to receive Federal Aid.
A student must be enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student. S/he must be making academic progress as required by the College's Academic Progress Policy.
Do I have to register with the Selective Service?
Yes. All males born after 1960 who are citizens or permanent residents must be registered with the Selective Service System. Federal law requires that financial aid recipients meet this federal law.
What name do I use on my application?
A student must use his/her legal name, as recorded with the Social Security Administration, on his/her enrollment and application. The College is not able to make exceptions to this rule since your legal name is recorded with the Social Security Administration.
Why do I have to provide verification?
Some students are randomly selected for a process called verification. If a student is selected for verification, the College is expected to collect verification of income data from the student (and parents, if appropriate). Such items as tax records and documentation of untaxed income would normally be required.
Not all students are selected for verification. If a student, however, is selected for verification, this step must be completed before an award can be completed.