To receive federal student aid, a student must meet basic eligibility criteria described at https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility#basic-criteria and summarized below:
Qualify to obtain a college education, either by having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives described at https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility#basic-criteria
Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National (for requirements to be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National please see https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship)
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program
Have a valid Social Security number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau
Sign certifying statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form stating that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant and you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant
Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school
Not be receiving federal or state financial aid from another institution for the same enrollment period.
- Students must be attending a minimum of six (6) eligible credits for federal loans (Audited courses, Transfer Credits, Credit by Exam, Experiential Learning Credits, and some repeat courses do not count towards eligibility)
- Students must not be receiving federal or state financial aid from another institution for the same enrollment period;
- Students with prior baccalaureates are not eligible to receive Pell or SEOG grants.
- Federal loans must be prorated for certificate programs consisting of 16 to 23 credits.
- Financial aid must be prorated for programs that are less than 30 weeks in any academic year.
- A Consortium Agreement is required when a student is enrolled at more than one CCSNH College and wishes to use financial aid at both colleges.
- Pell eligible students must be registered for any course(s) that does not span the entire length of the semester prior to the Pell recalculation date within that semester.