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                                ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Eligibility for most of the Federal and State Student Aid Programs is based on financial need (by filing a FAFSA). In addition, the Federal Student Aid Programs require that the student recipient:
1. Enroll in an eligible program leading to an AA/AS degree or Certificate of Achievement.
2. Enroll in courses as outlined on your Student Educational Plan.
3. Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
4. Have a valid Social Security Number (except for students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau). If you don’t have a Social Security Number, you can find out more about applying for one through the internet at
www.ssa.gov.
5. Must be making satisfactory academic progress toward their stated Educational Plan.
6. Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
7. Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
8. Not have a conviction of drug distribution or possession charges while receiving Federal Student Aid; this may make a student ineligible. If you have a drug conviction, call 1-800- 433-3243 for more information about your eligibility.
9. Register with Selective Service, if required. You can register at www.sss.gov.
10. Have financial need.
11. Show you’re qualified to obtain a postsecondary education by competing one of the following:
• Having a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Certificate; • Completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.
DEPENDENCY STATUS
Certain questions you answer when you apply for financial aid will determine whether you are considered dependent on your parents – and, therefore, you must report their income and assets as well as your own – or whether you are independent and must report only your own income and assets (and those of your spouse, if you are married).
You are an independent student if at least one of the following applies to you:
   Please note that all programs for financial aid are subject to changes in Federal and State regulations and a possible shortfall of funds. These types of changes are not within the control of Palo Verde College and will supercede all local policies.
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