Federal Student Aid Eligibility

Federal Student Aid Eligibility

Eligibility for Federal Student Aid

To receive federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you’re from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are male and 18 to 25 years of age (go to www.sss.gov for more information).
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible Federal Student Aid program at AAU*.
  • Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving Federal Student Aid (such as grants, loans, or federal work-study).
  • Not owe a refund on a federal grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Demonstrate financial need (except for unsubsidized Stafford Loans).

A student must be enrolled and actively attending their courses in order to be eligible for FSA benefits. Please refer to the Allied American University catalog (PDF) for more information.

*Non-degree-seeking students and students enrolled in the Associate of Arts in General Studies or Bachelor of Arts in General Studies are not eligible for financial aid.

Other requirements may apply. Contact AAU’s Financial Aid Office for more information.

Dependent/Independent Status

When applying for financial aid, you are considered either dependent or independent. Students considered dependent are required to submit financial information about their family.

You are automatically considered independent for 2015-2016 award year if you are 24 or older as December 31, 2014. If you are under 24, you will be considered independent if you are:

  • A graduate or professional student
  • Married or you have legal dependents, such as your children or other dependents, who will receive more than half of their support from you
  • A veteran of U.S Armed Forces
  • An active duty member of the U.S. armed forces ( not for training purposes)
  • An orphan, ward of court or in foster care at any time age 13 or older
  • In legal guardianship or have an emancipated minor status in your state of legal residence
  • Determined to be an unaccompanied homeless youth

You can calculate your dependency status by visiting FinAid’s Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid. http://www.allied.edu/tuition-and-financing/federal-student-aid/federal-student-aid-types.aspx

Apply for Federal Student Aid

AAU helps students every step of the way. Learn how to apply for Federal Student Aid funding to be considered for financial aid awards.

Federal Student Aid Award

Once an AAU student completes the FAFSA, they will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that summarizes the data from the FAFSA and determines the student’s official Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Federal Student Aid Types

AAU participates in the grants and loans available through Federal Student Aid administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Financial Aid FAQ

Check out some frequently asked student financial aid questions here.

Financial Aid Resources

Explore the AAU Financial Aid resources page for helpful phone numbers and links on FA funding.