Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for federal financial aid (grants, loans and work-study funds), you have to meet certain requirements.

Federal Aid Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are outlined in detail on Federal Student Aid’s Studentaid.gov. There, you will find more information regarding basic eligibility criteria, ability to benefit and other legal requirements such as citizenship and loan default status.

Additional eligibility requirements may apply for some people and some situations.

Enrollment and Additional Requirements

  • You must be enrolled in a qualifying program that leads to an associate degree or an eligible vocational certificate or be in a transfer program that leads to a bachelor's degree at another institution.
  • The courses you take must be required for your degree program (courses in program of study for Financial Aid).
  • You must be attending a minimum of half-time (6 credit hours) each semester to be eligible for loans.
  • Repeat courses may reduce or eliminate the amount federal funds offered. 
  • You can receive federal funds for up to 30 credit hours of remedial/developmental coursework.
  • You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards set by the post-secondary school you are or will be attending.
  • If you are transferring to Allen, refer to the Financial Aid page and see Transferring to Allen.
  • If you already have a bachelor's degree, you won't be eligible for the Pell Grant, but you may be eligible for other types of federal aid.
  • If you are attending two schools at the same time, you can only get financial aid at one school at a time during the same semester. If you plan to attend more than one school, you will need to contact us to discuss the possibility of a consortium agreement.

Authority to Evaluate the Eligibility Process

The Department of Education gives the director of the Financial Aid Office at Allen Community College the authority to override this process at any time.