Qualifying for Financial Aid
To be eligible for federal and state programs, students must meet the following criteria:
- Demonstrate federal need (may not be required for some loan and institutional programs).
- Have a standard high school diploma, GED, or ATB (Ability to Benefit) on file.
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
- Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
- Have a valid Social Security number.
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen with permanent residency status and an alien registration ID number (may not be required for some institutional programs).
- Be registered with the Selective Service (males between the ages of 18-25). (Only required for state programs. i.e. HOPE, Zell Miller, SAL, etc…)
- Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits under the Title IV program.
- Must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion.
- Must have all requested documentation on file before disbursements can be made.
- Only courses in the student’s program of study, per the DegreeWorks audit, will be eligible for financial aid.
- Graduate students who are provisionally admitted to a program are not eligible for financial aid until they are no longer in a provisional status.
*Note: Post-Baccalaureate students who have a prior degree from Georgia Southern University are only eligible for financial aid if they are seeking a different degree. Students adding a major to an existing degree program, or just taking courses to improve GPA or for other reasons, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.
Last updated: 4/1/2022