To receive federal student aid (federal grants, direct loans and federal work study), you’ll need to…
- Qualify to obtain a college or career school education, either by having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or by completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law, AND
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program, AND
- Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25), AND
- Have a valid Social Security number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau, AND
- Sign certifying statements on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) stating that
- you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal grant and
- you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, AND
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or career school In addition you must…
- Be a U.S. CITIZEN or U.S. NATIONAL
You are a U.S. citizen if you were born in the United States or certain U.S. territories, if you were born abroad to parents who are U.S. citizens, or if you have obtained citizenship status through naturalization. If you were born in American Samoa or Swains Island, then you are a U.S. national.
Have a GREEN CARD
You are eligible if you have a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C, also known as a green card, showing you are a U.S. permanent resident
Have an ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE RECORD
Your Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must show one of the following:
- Asylum Granted
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending)
- Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
Have BATTERED IMMIGRANT STATUS
You are designated as a “battered immigrant-qualified alien” if you are a victim of abuse by your citizen or permanent resident spouse, or you are the child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act.
Have a T-VISA
You are eligible if you have a T-visa or a parent with a T-1 visa.
To receive New Jersey state aid, you will need to fill out the New Jersey state application at the confirmation page of your FAFSA application. Your NJ state aid eligibility will be determined after you submit the application. Additional forms/documents may be needed for NJ state aid.