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To be eligible for financial aid, a student must:

  • Enroll in a degree program (or in the Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, or Radiography Certificate programs or completing Teacher Certification to become licensed)
  • Complete a financial aid application, and follow-up documentation, on time
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent resident)
  • Make satisfactory academic progress while enrolled
  • Be registered for Selective Service (if applicable) and
  • Not be in default on a prior federal loan or owe an amount on a prior federal grant

Financial Need

Most student aid is awarded based on financial need.

The federal government reviews the information on your FAFSA to estimate how much you and your family can afford to pay for college. The University bases your aid award on that federal calculation.

If you are an undergraduate student, the CSS/PROFILE is also used to determine eligibility for University grants and scholarships. If you are enrolling in the Nursing program and have met all requirements of a first bachelor’s degree, regardless of whether you formally submit an application to graduate, you are then no longer eligible for undergraduate grant programs.

Cost of Attendance is an estimate of your college costs, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Actual student spending can vary quite a lot.

Expected Family Contribution is determined by the federal government based on your income and assets, living expenses, taxes, family size, and the number of college students in your household.

Financial Need is the Cost of Attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution.

The Net Price Calculator helps estimate aid eligibility for undergraduates.