Applicants must establish their eligibility to apply for financial aid by meeting several general requirements

  • The applicant must be admitted to a degree-granting program.*

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or hold a Permanent Resident Visa.

  • The applicant must be registered with Selective Service (if required).

  • The applicant must be making satisfactory academic progress.

An applicant in default on any Federal Student Loan (including:  Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan,  PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loan) or who owes a repayment on a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or other Federal Grant at any institution is not considered eligible for aid. The applicant must provide proof that the indebtedness and/or default status has been removed before the applicant can be considered for additional assistance. If an applicant owes any type of past debt to  the University, then the applicant must resolve the financial obligation to the University.

*Two exceptions to the degree-granting program requirement:

  1. Students who must take certain pre-requisite course work to qualify for admission into a graduate program, may get a Federal Direct Stafford Loan for up to 12 consecutive months whilecompleting that preparatory course work. The student must be enrolled at least half-time in approved coursework, and must meet the usual federal student financial aid eligibility requirements.

  2. Students enrolled at least half-time in the teacher certification program can potentially be awarded Work-Study, a Stafford Loan, or an application can be made by a parent for a PLUS Loan(dependent students only), while enrolled in that program. Please note that students in the teacher certification program are considered undergraduate students and are subject to undergraduate loan limits.

Note: Guest students, dual enrolled students, Genesee Early College students and students
who are non-candidates for degree are not eligible to receive aid.