How to Apply & Next Steps

What is Financial Aid?



Who is eligible?

  • Must have a High School Diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program (minimum 16 credit hours)
  • Be a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACA and Dreamers not eligible)
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Not be in DEFAULT on a Federal loan or owe a repayment to the Department of Education

 There are five critical steps in the financial aid process.  Learn more about each below:

5 Basic Steps


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the 1st critical step in apply for all financial assistance.  The FAFSA is completed each academic year online at by students and parents (if required).  Watch our online video tutorials on how to create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and complete the FAFSA!

Tutorial – First Time FAFSA Filers