Only an “Eligible Student” may apply for and receive Federal financial aid. Federal regulations and institutional policy define an eligible student as one who:
- Is a citizen, a national, or an eligible permanent resident non-citizen of the United States, and
- Is admitted to Dixie State University with a high school diploma, or with a GED certificate, and
- Has been accepted for enrollment or is enrolled in an eligible program, seeking a degree or certificate, and
- Is in good standing at the Institution and maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and
- Has completed the FAFSA and received a calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number, and
- Is not in default on any Federal Perkins, National Direct/Defense, Guaranteed, or Federal Family Education Loan, and does not owe a payment on any Federal grants previously received, and
- Is registered with the Selective Service if a male at least 18 years old, and
- For loans, you must be enrolled at least half time, and
- Meets all other federally prescribed eligibility criteria.
Students who are in the United States on an F1 or F2 student visa, a B1 or B2 visitor visa, a J1 or J2 exchanges visitor visa, and other series visa are NOT eligible for Federal student aid. To be eligible for federal and most college financial aid, a student must be a U.S. citizen, national, or eligible permanent resident non-citizen. An eligible non-citizen is one who:
- Is a conditional permanent resident (I-151C);
- Has an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service showing any one of the following designations:
- Asylum Granted
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant
- Indefinite Parole
- Is a citizen of the Freely Associated States–Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau (may receive only Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG and FWS); or provide acceptable documentation from DHS that he or she is in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a citizen or permanent resident.
Eligible non-citizens must clear the Department of Homeland Security/Social Security Number matching system or will be required to document their status with the Student Financial Aid Office. A copy of the documentation papers will be sent to the DHS for confirmation and clearance before the application for aid will be processed.
Students who fall under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DO NOT qualify for federal or state financial aid programs.