Eligibility to Apply

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In order to be considered for financial aid, you must meet the following criteria:

  • *Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • **Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program. Students enrolled only in a graduate certificate program are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in courses that count toward your degree (6 hours for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduates).
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Not owe a refund on any federal financial aid grant.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required).
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale.

* Non-citizens who are Texas residents may complete a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).

** Students enrolled only in a certificate program (other than the post-baccalaureate teacher certificate) are not eligible for financial aid. Aid is intended only for the teacher certificate program that is necessary to become a teacher in an elementary or secondary school in the state. Other educator preparation certificate programs, such as the superintendent and principal certificates, are not eligible for financial aid.