Determine Your Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements
The variety of factors listed below will help you determine if you meet the general eligibility requirements for federal Financial Aid. For more information you can use the official FAFSA website or contact Student Financial Aid Services at 1-(973) 596-3479.

In order to be eligible for most federal financial aid programs, you must:

  • Have financial need (except for some loan programs)
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate, or pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Meet other standards established by your state and approved by the U.S. Department of Education (Students who have been home schooled should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for guidance.)
  • Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Make satisfactory academic progress
  • Sign:
    – A statement of educational purpose
    – A certification statement indicating that you are not in default on a student loan nor owe an overpayment on a grant
    (Both statements can be found on the FAFSA)
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required
  • Never have been convicted under a federal or state law of the sale or possession of illegal drugs. (A drug-related conviction does not necessarily make a student ineligible for aid. A student with a prior drug-related conviction must complete a worksheet to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility.)
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