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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).
  • The Office of Financial Aid facilitates the offering of federal aid for students via the FAFSA form which is located at If you are not a US citizen or an eligible noncitizen (hold a T-1 Visa or one of the following found here: Please contact International Admissions at or International Student Admissions and Programs (ISAP) at for further aid assistance.
  • 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: 3/22/2024