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General Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive federal, state and college student financial aid, you must meet all of the following requirements:
  • Be admitted to an Eligible Program of study leading to an Associates Degree or a Certificate. All of the Associates Degree programs at AACC are eligible for federal and college aid. View the Certificate programs that are not eligible for aid. Note: You cannot receive a Maryland Part-Time Grant if you are in a Certificate Program. See Maryland Higher Education Commission's eligibility guidelines for more information. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Students who do not have a valid high school diploma, GED, or a home schooling document that meets our school’s policy, will not be eligible for federal financial aid. Students without a high school diploma must get a GED if they want to receive federal financial aid. NOTE: Students who have previously qualified through the ATB or the 6 credit successful completion rules are “grandfathered” in. Students must have met the rule and be enrolled in an eligible program by June 30, 2012 to meet the “grandfather” rule.
  • The U.S. Department of Education regulation requires students who are applying for financial aid, student loans, and/or scholarships to submit all official college transcripts from all prior institutions.  Financial aid cannot be awarded until all official college transcripts have been received and processed!
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree or certificate.
  • Males 18 and older must be registered with the Selective Service Administration. Men ages 18 to 25 who haven't registered yet, can register on the FAFSA form, online at http://www.sss.gov/ or at any U.S. Post Office. Male applicants who did not register before their 26th birthday must submit statements to their school's financial aid office explaining why they did not register.
  • You must not have been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs. For more information, view the information on Drug Convictions and Financial Aid.
  • Not be in default of a federal educational loan or owe refund on a federal grant.
  • As of July 1, 2012 students can only receive a Pell Grant for 12 (full-time) semesters or less. This is retroactive to the very first time a student received a Pell Grant and is not limited to attendance at AACC. The US Department of Education will keep track of your Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) by adding together the percentages of your Pell Grant scheduled awards that you received for each award year.   
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Meet other eligibility requirements for the financial aid programs for which you are applying.