Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements

To receive the maximum consideration for financial aid, students should apply as soon as the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available. An application for financial aid must be made each year. All students seeking financial aid must:

  • Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program;
  • Not be enrolled simultaneously in elementary or secondary school;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or an eligible noncitizen;
  • Have earned a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  • Sign a Statement of Educational Purpose, which certifies they will use federal student financial aid only to pay educations costs;
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) according to Kirkwood's published procedure;
  • Attend classes in which they are enrolled;
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan or, if in default, have made satisfactory repayment arrangements with the loan holder;
  • Have not obtained loan amounts that exceed annual or aggregate loan limits made under any Title IV loan program;
  • Not be liable for an overpayment of a Title IV grant or Federal Perkins Loan, or if liable, have made satisfactory repayment arrangements with the holder of the debt;
  • Not have property which is subject to a judgement lien for a debt owed to the U.S., or if subject to a judgement lien, have made satisfactory repayment arrangements with the debt holder;
  • Have completed repayment of funds to either ED or the holder of a loan, as applicable, if the student has been convicted of, or pled nolo contendere or guilty to, a crime involving fraud in obtaining Title IV aid