What are the eligibility requirements for receiving financial aid?
All applicants for financial aid (except scholarship-only applicants) must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be a citizen or an eligible noncitizen of the United States
- Have a valid Social Security number (unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau)
- Be registered with the Selective Service if you are male and from 18 to 25 years of age
- Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate or pass an exam approved by the U.S. Department of Education
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program at a school that participates in the federal student aid programs
- Not have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid
- Be enrolled as at least a half-time student (6 credits per semester for undergraduates, 5 credits per semester for law or graduate students). Most state aid programs and university scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 credits per semester for undergraduates, 9 for graduate students and 10 credits for law students). Pell Grants may be awarded to students who attend less than half-time (1-5 credits).
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the University
- Must be in good standing (not in default) on all prior student loans with unpaid balances and must not owe a repayment for any federal grant program
Who can receive financial aid?
Students who are or will be working on their first bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for all financial aid programs that are administered by Student Financial Aid Services.
Students who have already received a bachelor's degree and who are working toward an additional undergraduate degree or certificate and who are not yet admitted to graduate school are considered to be second undergraduates for federal aid programs. These students are not eligible for federal grant programs (Pell, SEOG, or LEAP) and are restricted to undergraduate borrowing limits in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program.
Graduate and Law Students:
Students who are admitted or enrolled in a graduate or law program are eligible to apply for financial aid and are required to be enrolled half-time in order to borrow student funds through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program.
Nondegree (nonmatriculated or unclassified students):
Students not enrolled in a degree program may not receive any form of federal financial aid.
Students in Correspondence Courses (or Independent Study):
Students involved with independent study through the University of Idaho may not be funded by any form of federal financial aid.