Eligibility Requirements

Federal regulations state you must meet certain requirements to qualify for federal student aid (grants, work-study, and loans).

Basic Eligibility Criteria

1. Demonstrate financial need (for most programs);

2. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;

3. Have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);

4. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;

5. Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;

6. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

7. Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form stating that

  • you are not in default on a federal student loan,
  • you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and
  • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and

8. Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by

  • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
  • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
  • enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives described below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In accordance with Federal and State guidelines, students receiving aid must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and satisfactory academic progress as established by Touro, as well as adhere to Touro University's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.