Student Eligibility Requirements

In general, to receive aid from the federal student aid programs, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate, pass an approved "ability to benefit" test, or have completed a high school education in a home school setting that is recognized as a home school or private school under state law.
  • Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if required (in general, if you are a male age 18 through 25).
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by Stevenson University.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal loan or owe money on a federal grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

Additionally, most financial aid programs require at least half-time enrollment (6 credits for undergraduate students; 3 credits for graduate students) each semester. Please see the individual financial assistance programs for minimum credit requirements.

Stevenson University is responsible for administering the Federal Campus-Based Programs, i.e., Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loan; and institutional need-based funds. Awards are made reasonably available to all eligible students who meet the program requirements. Individual award packages consider demonstrated need, program eligibility and the availability of funds for the award period. In the event that the number of eligible students exceeds the availability of funds, the University will give preference to those students demonstrating the greatest financial need. The determination of greatest financial need will consider grant and scholarship aid from all public and private sources.

For maximum consideration of aid, students are encouraged to apply for financial aid each year by completing the FAFSA between January 1 and February 15.