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Financial Aid Eligibility

Many students and their families mistakenly think they don't qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it. In fact, the majority of students who apply for aid receive some type of financial aid offer. Since the application form is free, there's no good excuse for not applying.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. The purpose of financial aid is to bridge the gap between educational cost and a student's resources; it is not intended to directly provide money for your living expenses.

To establish your eligibility for aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application must be completed each fiscal year you request financial aid at your college or university.

To qualify for federal aid programs you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED Certificate
  • Be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program and matriculated by the Records Office (excludes non-degree studies and continuing education programs)
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the need analysis process, when required by program regulations
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the University Financial Aid Office
  • Not owe an overpayment on any Title IV educational grant or be in default on a Title IV educational loan unless satisfactory payment arrangements are made to repay or otherwise resolve the overpayment or default
  • Sign a statement of Educational Purpose stating the student will use the federal student aid funds only for expenses relating solely to attendance at the University
  • Register with Selective Service, if required to do so
  • Complete the verification process if selected by the US Department of Education

Finally, your eligibility for any of the federal programs may be suspended or terminated by a court as part of a conviction for possessing or distributing drugs.

If you would like to learn more about financial aid eligibility and opportunities available through National University, visit the Financial Aid office online, or call us at 1-800-NAT-UNIV, ext. 8500.