Basic Requirements

To receive aid from the federal and state student aid programs, you must the following criteria:
Financial need:  Except for some loan programs, you must show that you have financial need, according to the Federal and State requirements.
Education requirements:  You must demonstrate by one of the following means that you are qualified to enroll in postsecondary education:
  • You must have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
  • You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • You must meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the St. Thomas University.

Legal and other requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You must have a valid Social Security number (SSN)
  • You must not be in default on a federal student loan and do not owe a refund on a federal student grant (which could happen if you withdraw from school, for example).
  • You must comply with Selective Service registration. If you are a male aged 18 through 25 and you have not registered you can, at the same time you complete your FAFSA, give the Selective Service System permission to register you by means of the FAFSA. You can also register online at
  • Drug Conviction? Everyone must answer this question on the FAFSA. Generally, if you have been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid, you will be ineligible for a period of time based on the type and number of convictions. If you answer “Yes” to this question, it is very important that you complete and submit the FAFSA to determine your eligibility. If you are submitting a paper FAFSA, you will be mailed a worksheet to assist you in determining whether your conviction affects your eligibility for federal student aid. If you are applying using FAFSA on the Web at, you will be provided the electronic version of the same worksheet during your online session. If you need assistance or have any questions on how to answer this question, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for help from the Federal Student Aid Information Center