Financial Aid: Getting Started
To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must:
- Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program of study on at least a half-time basis (with the exception of Pell and FSEOG);
- Have a high school diploma or the equivalent;
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Verification of eligible non-citizen status may be required;
- Have financial need (except for some loan programs) as determined by a need analysis system approved by the Department of Education;
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
- Provide required documentation for the verification process and determination of dependency status;
- Have a valid Social Security Number;
- Not have borrowed in excess of the annual aggregate loan limits for the Title IV financial aid programs;
- Be registered for the Selective Service, if required;
- Sign an updated Statement of Educational Purpose/Certification Statement on refunds and default.
How are financial aid eligibility levels determined?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the standard form utilized to determine your financial aid eligibility. To begin completing the FAFSA, you must first register for personal identification number (PIN) from The Department of Education at pin.ed.gov. Information on registering for a PIN and filling out the FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Platt College Forms:
- Stafford Loan Counseling
- Personal Data Sheet
- Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions
- FA step by step rev 3.28.13
- FA check list – Dependent 2012
- Explanation and Authorization to Pay Credit Balances
- Explanation and Authorization to Pay Credit Balances – PLUS
- Color Website Checklist
- Alternative Loan Lender List