General eligibility requirements are that you must

  • demonstrate financial need (for most programs),
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen,
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau),
  • register (if you haven’t already) with Selective Service, if you’re a male between the ages of 18 and 25,
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student ,
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds,
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress,
  • sign statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM) stating that
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, and
  • show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.