How to fill the Student Eligibility Information?

 

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Now, let us look into the next screen and try and find out the appropriate answers to the questions-

student eligibility in FAFSA

How to fill the Student Eligibility Information ?

1.Are you a U.S citizen?

If, you are willing to receive federal student aid or state grants, it is mandatory for you to be a U.S  citizen or eligible noncitizen. If you have recently acquired the citizenship status, you must cross check with the Social Security Administration, whether or not your citizenship status is associated with your Social Security Number.

Who is an eligible non-citizen?
To be qualified as an eligible non-citizen, you require to satisfy the following criteria-

  • You must have a permanent residence in the United States, with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551). The Permanent Resident Card is also addressed as a green card.
  • You can also do with a conditional permanent residence with a Conditional Green Card (I551C)
  • You can also be considered as an eligible noncitizen if you have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security that demonstrates the following designations: Refugee, Parolee, or Asylum Granted.
  • If you are a T-Visa holder that is (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or you are a Cuban-Haitian Entrant
  • If you are a victim of human trafficking and hold an eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services
  • As Per the terms of the Jay Treaty, Native Americans born in Canada are considered as eligible noncitizen
  • If you belong to the Federated States of Micronesia or the republic Marshall Islands

Related:Student Demographic information Section: All you need to know

There are exceptions as well; Let us understand- Who are not eligible non citizens?

A student that possesses temporary resident cards are not eligible. Similarly, if a student has received a notification of approval to apply for permanent residence.

Eligible non citizens are provided with the Alien Registration Number (ARN). If you select “eligible noncitizen” in the FAFSA form, then you are required to provide your 8-9 digit  ARN number. In case your ARN  number is of 8 digits, you should precede the 8 digit number with a 0.

The verification of your Alien Registration Number is done by the U.S Department of Education, and a miss-match will lead to a delay or even rejection of the financial aid application.

2. What will your high school completion status be in 2016-17?

A student is required to mention his/her High School Completion Status when he/she begins college in the 2016-2017 academic session.

So, you must select the appropriate high school completion status out of the following options: High school diploma, Home schooled, or GED certificate.

Students who don’t have a high school equivalent status, should select “None of the above”.

3.What will be your grade level when you begin college in the 2016-2017 school year?

If a senior student of the high school is filling the FAFSA, he or she should select “Never attended college”.

Remember, it does not matter if you have taken an occasional class in the college; as long as you’re enrolled in the high school, you should select the suggested option.

4.What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin 2016-2017 school year?

Here, the student has to choose the immediate degree, he/she desires to pursue.

For instance – if you are planning to attend a 4 year degree, you must pick out “1st bachelor’s degree”.

Similarly, if a student wants to go for a cost effective community college, and attend an associate degree in history leading to a transfer degree, then He/She should select “Associate degree (General education or transfer program)

However, if you are still confused and uncertain about the degree you want to attend- select “1st bachelor’s degree.”  

5.Are you interested in being considered for work-study?

Through this question, the college is able to comprehend whether or not the student is interested in obtaining federal aid or college work-study funds.

Responding with ‘Yes’ to this question would mean that you are not required to accept a work- study job. Students can say no to any financial form they do not need. Similarly, responding with a yes does not guarantee a Federal Work- Study job.

However, answering ‘No’ to the given question will have no impact on the amount of grant or scholarship for the student.

Related:What if I am not able to provide Parental information?

6.Will you have your 1st bachelor’s degree before you begin the 2016-2017 school year?

Through this question, the FAFSA confirms whether or not a student holds a first bachelor’s degree, prior to the 2016-2015 academic school term.

Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive aid like- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Pell Grant, and Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant).

However, these Students are still eligible for Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Stafford Loans and.

Students who are planning for a Master’s degree or PhD must answer ‘Yes’.

Note- A degree from an unaccredited school, may hamper your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant.

Thus, obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a foreign school will make you ineligible for Federal Pell Grant. However, a student still has a chance, if he/she successfully convinces the administrators that the degree is not equivalent to the degree awarded by the U.S universities.

 7.Questions related to Parents Educational Qualification

The queries are meant for the state grant purposes, and they do not alter the eligibility for the federal student aid. The sole purpose of the question lies in determining if the applicant is the first-generation student from his/her family, who will move along and get admitted to the college.

If a student is the first member of his/her family to attend a college, then he/she falls under the category of first-generation college students, and has a higher probability of qualifying for a Federal Aid. This will enable him/her to get additional aid, as some states and colleges prefer first-generation college students.

8.Question on drug conviction

There are students who are convicted for illegal sale of drugs. Are they eligible for Student aid?

The next question will focus on drug conviction.  

The question asked on the FAFSA aims at understanding whether or not a student is involved in illegal drug trade or convicted. The eligibility for students with drug convictions may vary depending on circumstances, and some students might be eligible while the other may be denied.

However, a student with conviction can still look at the positive side, because irrespective of the fact that he/she has been denied for the Federal Student Aid, he/she can still avail the state and the college student aid funds.

Note- The students who have not opted for a higher education after the high school will not be asked questions related to drug convictions.

With this we have come to an end of another section. Let us proceed to the next section, where we will continue providing valuable tips for filling the FAFSA.

Taking a look at the image, it is evident that the questions aim at gathering details about your high school, like- the city or place of your high school, and the state from which you will receive your high school grades.

The students will have to confirm that their high school is on the FAFSA list. In case, they don’t find their school on the list, they can type the name of the school.

The question can give an idea whether a student has a valid high school degree from the schools listed on the FAFSA

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY for FAFSA

 

Taking a look at the image, it is evident that the questions aim at gathering details about your high school, like- the city or place of your high school, and the state from which you will receive your high school grades.

The students will have to confirm that their high school is on the FAFSA list. In case, they don’t find their school on the list, they can type the name of the school.

The question can give an idea whether a student has a valid high school degree from the schools listed on the FAFSA

Related:FAFSA changes its colour every year.

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