A grant is a fund awarded to those who need it. The government helps students pay for school in the form of a student grant. A student grant typically goes straight to the school and does not have to be repaid. To gain a federal grant, students must meet certain criteria.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for financial assistance, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be accepted for enrollment
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • Not be in default on a previous student loan received at any other institution
  • Drug conviction prior to applying or while receiving federal student aid may negate eligibility
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Additional requirements may apply depending on the aid programs awarded to you.