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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to receive financial aid assistance by the Office of Financial Aid, the applicant must:

  1. Be admitted and currently enrolled in at least half time status as an undergraduate or graduate student; 
  2. Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Fayetteville State University; 
  3. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen; 
  4. Make satisfactory academic progress (See “Satisfactory Academic Progress,”) toward the completion of his or her academic program; 
  5. Not be in default status on any Title IV aid from a previous enrollment period; 
  6. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of March 1.

Eligibility for most financial aid programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid is based on “Financial Eligibility” as demonstrated on the Institution Information Student Report (ISIR).  Eligibility need is the difference between the costs to attend college and what the applicant and his or her family can reasonably afford to contribute toward the student's education.  Graduate students are ordinarily eligible only for student loans.

Total Educational Cost - Expected Family  Contribution (EFC)
(Based on congressional calculation)
= Eligibility (Need)

A student’s eligibility for financial aid is determined by the U.S. Department of Education from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is often referred to as the need analysis document.  A need analysis is a systematic method of measuring the ability of the student  to pay for educational costs, and student’s eligibility to receive funds from federal, state, institutional, and/or other financial aid programs. 

Default Policy

Students whose financial aid has been terminated because they have defaulted on a student loan at a previous institution(s) or at Fayetteville State University may become eligible for reinstatement of financial aid when the U.S. Department of Education submits, in writing, to the Office of Financial Aid at Fayetteville State University that the student is "No Longer in Default."

A student whose default status is cleared by the U.S. Department of Education will be eligible to receive funding for which that student qualifies.

Warning to All Financial Aid Applicants

Information provided by applicants may be verified by the university, the state, or by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may be asked to provide U.S. Income Tax returns, non-filing documents, untaxed income verification, and other requested documents.  Applicants who do not provide these records to the university will not be awarded federal student aid. If federal student aid is awarded based on incorrect information provided on the FAFSA by the student and/or documentation submitted to the Office of Financial Aid, the applicant will have to pay it back, in addition to fines and fees. If an applicant gives false or misleading information on the application, the applicant may be fined $10,000, sent to prison, or both.

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