Financial Aid Policies: Eligibility Criteria

In addition to demonstrating financial need, students must meet all the requirements listed below in order to be eligible for financial aid. Other eligibility criteria may exist for specific programs:


be enrolled at least half-time at FAU (6 credits undergraduates, 5 credits graduates) in an academic program leading to a degree (some exceptions for Pell)


be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen




have a valid Social Security number and registered with that number as a student at FAU (for all Title IV Aid)  



maintain satisfactory academic progress in the selected course of study 


not in default on a student loan or owe a repayment on a student grant




not be convicted of illegal drug offenses

For some students, additional documents and requirements may include one or more of the following:

Documentation of Selective Service Registration

A data match is performed by the Federal processor to verify that the applicant has registered for Selective Service when registration is required. Applicants whose eligible Selective Service status is not verified through the data match must provide proof of Selective Service Registration to the Financial Aid Office.

Documentation of Immigration Status

A data match is performed by the processor with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to verify that an applicant is an eligible non-citizen. Applicants whose eligible non-citizen status is not verified through the data match must provide copies of immigration documents to the Financial Aid Office for confirmation with INS.

Drug Convictions and Eligibility for Financial Aid

A law suspends federal student aid eligibility for students convicted under federal or state law of possession or sale of drugs (this does not include alcohol or tobacco). If you (the student) have been convicted of drug possession, you will be ineligible for one year from the date of your first conviction, two years from your second conviction, and indefinitely after your third conviction. If you have been convicted for selling drugs, you will be ineligible for two years form the date of your first conviction, and indefinitely after your second conviction. You can always regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program.


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