Questions? Answers.  

“To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number. (Students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling. If you don’t, you may still be eligible for federal student aid if you were enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012. Go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria for additional information.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not owe a refund on a federal student grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Register (or already be registered) with the Selective Service System, if you are a male and not currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. (Students from the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau are exempt from registering; see https://sss.gov for more information.)
  • Not have a conviction for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (such as grants, work-study, or loans). If you have such a conviction, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet to determine if you are eligible for aid or partially eligible for aid.

Many types of federal student aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant or subsidized loans where the government pays the interest while you are in college, also require you to have financial need. Additionally, once you have a bachelor’s degree or a first professional degree, you are generally not eligible for Pell or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).

Other requirements may apply.”

We’ve worked hard to simplify the application and to add contextual help to guide you on how to figure out how to answer questions correctly. Our applicants find this helps save them (and their parents, if they are assisting) time.

We’ve also partnered with other organizations to provide personalized recommendations for financing your education and saving money.

FAFSA® is intended to help families with financial need, but there is no hard limit. Because the FAFSA® also provides a way for you to receive assistance from your state or university, it’s always worth the time to fill it in.

Unfortunately College Cents is only designed to help students who are eligible (see question #1 for eligibility requirements).  However, there are often still many scholarship and funding opportunities both locally and globally!

Consistent with our privacy policy and terms of use, we never sell data to third parties behind the scenes… so you’ll never have to worry about starting to get random emails or texts from companies you don’t recognize . Your data will be submitted safely and securely to the government. As a convenience to you, we may integrate with other services, but you would always be prompted about whether you’d like to leave our site and continue to a different service/share any information with them.

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