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Student Eligibility. ILASFAA Springfield, IL April 3, 2006. Regular Student In An Eligible Program. Student is enrolled: in a program of study that is Title IV eligible for the purpose of receiving a degree or certificate Remedial program of study is not Title IV eligible.

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Student Eligibility


Springfield, IL

April 3, 2006

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Regular Student In An Eligible Program

  • Student is enrolled:

  • in a program of study that is Title IV eligible

  • for the purpose of receiving a degree or certificate

  • Remedial program of study is not Title IV eligible

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Academic Qualifications

  • Student must have high school diploma or it’s recognized equivalent


  • Student must be beyond age of compulsory school attendance and pass ability-to-benefit test

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Student must be meeting school’s satisfactory academic progress standards

  • Progress must be reviewed at least once per academic year

    • For programs shorter than an academic year, review at midpoint

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Qualitative: work quality

    • Grades, work projects completed, or comparable factors that are measurable against a norm

  • Quantitative: timing

    • On pace to complete course within 150% of published length of the educational program

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Drug Conviction

  • Student was convicted of violation of federal or state law for possession or sale of illegal drugs

  • Student self-certifies – no documentation required

  • Ineligibility begins with date of conviction

  • Approved drug rehabilitation program is only cure for indefinite period of ineligibility

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  • U.S. citizen or national

  • U.S. permanent resident

  • Citizens of the Freely Associated States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and the Marshall Islands

  • Other eligible non-citizens

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Who Are Eligible Non-Citizens?

  • Refugees

  • Persons granted asylum

  • Conditional entrants

  • Persons paroled into the U.S for one year

  • Cuban-Haitian entrants

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Database Match

  • U.S. citizenship match done with Social Security Administration

  • Eligible n-Non-citizenship match done with Department of Homeland Security

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Social Security Number

  • Student must have a valid Social Security Number

    • Exception: residents of Marshall Islands, Federated States Of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau

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Selective Service Registration

  • Male students born since 1960 are required to register with Selective Service

  • Exceptions

    • Not yet 18 when FAFSA completed

    • Citizens of Republic of Palau, Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia

    • Active duty military

    • Non-citizens who first entered U.S. after turning 26

    • Unable to register due to incarceration, hospitalization, or institutionalization

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Should Have Registered & Didn’t

  • School’s FAO makes final decision on student’s aid eligibility

  • Request Status Information Letter from Selective Service


  • Determine if failure to register was knowing and willful

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Financial Aid History

  • Default on Title IV loan

  • Overpayment on Pell, FSEOG and/or Perkins Loan

  • Borrowed in excess of annual and/or aggregate loan limits

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Default On Title IV Loan

  • Pay loan in full


  • Make satisfactory payment arrangements with holder of loan

    • Makes six voluntary, consecutive monthly payments

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Overpayment/Exceeds Loan Limits

  • Pay in full


  • Make satisfactory payment arrangements with holder of debt

    • Holder decides what is satisfactory

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  • No Title IV loan eligibility

  • Pell eligibility only if not in Federal or State penal institution

  • Half-way house, home detention, and weekends only are not considered incarceration

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  • FSA Handbook, 2005-2006, Volume 1: Student Eligibility

  • FSA Assessments, Students Module


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Jamie A. Malone

Training Officer

U.S. Department of Education


[email protected]