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Financial Aid Eligibility

How Eligibility is Determined

Once your FAFSA is received and is complete and correct, we will verify your admission status, academic progress and your expected enrollment status.

Most federal financial aid is based on your financial need. To calculate this we deduct your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) which is listed on your SAR (Student Aid Report) from your estimated cost of attendance.

Cost of attendance includes estimates for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation expenses

Once your financial aid awards are determined, we will send you an award letter. If you are awarded Federal Work-Study and/or Federal Direct Loans, you must accept these awards and complete additional requirements online. Instructions will be included with your award letter. Pay careful attention to these instructions.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify you for FSA funds.

Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving Title IV aid, they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside or removed from your record does not count, nor does one received when you were a juvenile, unless you were tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether you had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

Penalties for Drug Law Violations
  POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS SALE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS
1ST OFFENSE 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2ND OFFENSE 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ OFFENSES Indefinite period  

When completing your FAFSA, if you answer "Yes" to the question that asks "Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid?" You will be prompted to answer additional questions to determine eligibility.