Eligibility for Federal Aid

To qualify for federal student aid (grants/loans), you have to meet certain requirements, which are: 

Basic Requirements
Financial Need Demonstrate financial need (for most programs)
Citizenship You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
Social Security


You must have a valid Social Security number

(with the exception of students from the Republic of the

Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia,

or the Republic of Palau)



You must be registered with Selective Service,

if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)

Enrollment You must be enrolled or accepted for

enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree

or certificate program

You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduates and

4.5 credits for graduates) to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds

Pell Grant eligible classes must be added no later than the 'census date'.

At BYU, the census date is the semester add/drop deadline


academic progress

You must maintain satisfactory academic progress

standards set by the school you are or will be attending

Not in default You must sign statements on the Free Application

for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that you

are not in default on a federal student loan and do

not owe money on a federal student grant



You must sign statements on the FAFSA stating that you

will use federal student aid only for educational purpose

High School You must show you’re qualified to obtain a college or

career school education by having a high school diploma

or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational

Development (GED) certificate or by completing a high

school education in a homeschool setting approved under

state law