The U.S. Department of Education determines eligibility for federal financial assistance. Federal financial assistance eligibility requires the student to qualify as a U.S. citizen or as an eligible noncitizen.
Generally, a student is an eligible noncitizen if he or she is:
• A U.S. permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551);
• A conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or
• The holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security
showing any of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Parolee” (I-94 must
confirm paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), or “Cuban-Haitian
If the student is in the United States on an F-1, F-2, or M-1 Student Visa; a J-1 or J-2 Exchange Visitors Visa; or a G series Visa, she or he is not eligible for federal student financial aid. Other noncitizens may qualify. For additional information about noncitizen eligibility, please visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/non-us-citizens.
If the student is neither a U.S. citizen nor an eligible noncitizen, she or he is not eligible for federal financial aid. However the student may be eligible for other types of aid such as private loans and scholarships. For more information, contact the following offices: