To receive aid from federal student aid programs, you must meet basic requirements. You can find a list of these requirements on page 7 of this publication: Funding Your Education 2012-2013. More information can be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov/eligible. There is no age limit to receive federal student aid.
To be eligible for federal financial aid programs:
Be accepted for admission;
Be enrolled as a regular student, attending classes in a degree or certificate program;
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
Meet the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy;
Be registered with the Selective Service if you are male;
Register or verify registration (obtain registration number) online at the Selective Service System.
Not be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment of Title IV federal financial aid funds. (A repayment occurs if the student receives financial aid funds and then withdraws within the first 60% of the term, officially or unofficially, from the University.)
Meet specific criteria for a particular financial aid program. See the “ Funding Education Beyond High School” publication for eligibility requirements for each program listed above.
Students classified as “Undergraduate Special” (SPU), if they are a visiting student or not seeking a degree may not be eligible for federal financial aid; check with a financial aid counselor for further information.
Students classified as “Graduate Non-Degree” (SPG) may be eligible for financial aid if enrolled in pre-requisite classes for admission into a graduate degree program or enrolled in classes to complete teaching certification requirements. These students may be awarded Federal Direct Stafford Loans for a maximum of 12 consecutive months and a one-time occurrence during an educational career and are subject to loan limits that are of a fifth-year undergraduate.
Students Seeking Additional Degrees
Students enrolled in a program at ETSU which leads to a Second Undergraduate, Master's, or Ph.D. degree, can only be eligible for Federal Direct loans, Federal Parent loans (if the student is dependent), or Alternative/Private Loans. For further information, view the Second Degree Student Information sheet.
Students may receive aid for no more than 30 attempted hours of remedial coursework. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are included in the 30 credit hours.
A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), U.S. permanent resident (who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C [Permanent Resident Card]), or an individual who has an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations: