General Aid Eligibility Requirements
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet all eligibility requirements outlined below to be considered for Title IV aid programs.
- Approved Program
- Students must be accepted or enrolled in in a program leading to a degree or certificate. The program must require a minimum of 16 credit hours.
- High School Diploma
- Students must have a high school diploma, GED, or receive home-schooling.
- Enrollment status
- Financial aid awards are based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in. Students generally must be enrolled at least part-time to receive aid.
- Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home school may be considered enrollment in the home school for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences in order to remain eligible for aid programs.
- Citizenship Status
- Students must be U.S. citizens or registered permanent residents in order to receive federal, state, and institutional financial assistance.
- Valid Social Security Number
- Students must have a valid social security number. Exceptions are the republic of the Marshall Island, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.
- Selective Service
- Male students, ages 18 to 25, must be registered with Selective Service.
- Default or Refund
- Students must not default on a Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct or Stafford Student Loan, or owe a refund on a federal student grant.
- Drug Conviction
- Students convicted under federal or state law for possession or sale of illegal drugs may be affected. Students who have convictions in the past should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility will be determined through a worksheet provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Students are ineligible for Pell Grants if they are incarcerated in federal or state institutions. Incarceration in local institutions do not affect eligibility. Students placed in residential facilities or students sentenced to home detention or sentenced to serve only weekends are not considered incarcerated. Incarcerated students eligible for aid may only include tuition, fees, and required books and supplies related to their course of study in the cost of attendance.
- Sex Offenders
- Students are ineligible for Pell Grants if they are subject to involuntary civil commitment following incarceration for a sexual offense. This is determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
When preparing to complete the FAFSA, please have the following information available:
- Tax return information
- W-2 forms
- Your social security number
- Your Federal Student Aid User ID and Password
- Social security numbers and tax return information from your parents if you are considered a dependent student
- Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Information on savings, investments, and other assets (include this information from your parents if you are considered a dependent student)
You will need to create a Federal Student Aid ID if you do not already have one. If you are considered a dependent student, your parents will need to create FSA IDs as well. Click HERE for more information.
If the FAFSA determines you are a dependent student, your EFC will be based on financial information from you and your parents.
If the FAFSA determines you are an independent student, your EFC will be based on financial information from you and your spouse, if applicable.
You are considered an Independent student if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- The student is at least 24 years old by December 31 of the award year
- The student is an orphan or ward/dependent of the court, or was a ward/dependent of the court until he or she reached age 18
- The student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
- The student is working on a master’s or doctorate program at the beginning of the award year for which the FAFSA is completed
- The student is married as of the date the FAFSA is completed
- The student has at least one child who receives more than half of his or her support from the student
- The student has a dependent, other than a spouse or a child, who lives with the student and receives more than half of his or her support from the student at the time the FAFSA is completed and through June 30 of the award year
You are considered a dependent student if you do not meet any of the preceding criteria for an independent student unless the financial aid administrator determines that you are independent on the basis of special circumstances and performs a dependency override.
IRS Data Retrieval
When completing the FAFSA, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval option if you have filed your federal tax return, have a valid social security number, and have a Federal Student Aid User ID and Password.
You will not be able to use the data retrieval option if one of the following applies to you:
- Your marital status changes after December 31
- You filed as married filing separately
- You filed an amended return
- You filed a foreign tax return
7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Click HERE to go to the free application.
You will receive information on federal student aid that has been awarded to you by an award letter. The award letter will provide information on terms of any loan you receive as part of your financial aid package and a sample loan repayment schedule. You can choose to accept all or part of the award on your award letter. You will be required to attend Entrance Counseling before your loans are disbursed. It is important to keep track of your financial aid information and how aid is affected if you withdraw from classes, fail to attend, or do not make satisfactory academic progress.
All students receiving loans as part of their financial aid package are required to repay the loans. You will be required to complete entrance counseling before your loans are disbursed if you have not previously accepted loans from other Institutions of higher learning. Refer to Entrance Counseling. All students are required to complete Exit Counseling.
Your federal loans will be disbursed and applied to eligible charges (including tuition and fees). Any excess funds will be refunded to you. Your award amount may be adjusted if you change the number of credit hours you are enrolled in.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences Financial Aid office will submit details of any loan agreement with a student, potential student, or the parent of a student to the National Student Loan Data System. This information will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and authorized users of the data system including other schools.