Eligibility

Only an eligible student may receive federal financial aid. Federal regulations define what it means to be an eligible student. If you fail to meet one or more of the following criteria, you will not be considered an eligible student for federal financial aid. You must also meet all other eligibility requirements that include, but are not limited to, the information listed on this page.

  • In order to be defined as an eligible student, you must be:

    • qualified to study at the post-secondary level by having a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED or have completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law;
    • enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a diploma, certificate, or degree;
    • a U.S. citizen, national, or eligible permanent resident non-citizen of the United States* or a citizen of the Freely Associated States;
    • registered with Selective Service, if you are male, unless you qualify for an exemption; and
    • making Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by institutional policies.
  • You must also have a correct Social Security Number (except for students who are residents of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau).

  • If you were convicted of or have pled nolo contendere or guilty to, a crime involving fraud in obtaining Title IV, HEA program assistance, you must have completed repayment of such assistance.

There are other conditions that can prevent you from receiving federal financial aid. You must not:

  • be in default on a loan made under any Title IV, HEA loan program;
  • have obtained loan amounts that exceed annual or aggregate loan limits made under any Title IV, HEA program;
  • have property subject to a judgment lien for a debt owed to the United States;
  • be liable for a grant or Federal Perkins loan overpayment;
  • have listed a defaulted Federal Student Aid loan or grant overpayment in an active bankruptcy claim; or
  • have received outside rescources (financial assistance) that exceeds your need and/or cost of attendance.

*Eligible non-citizens whose status cannot be confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the FAFSA application may be required to submit immigration status documents to the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office. The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office must then submit the documentation to DHS and await the results of a secondary confirmation attempt. The documentation must be original (no photocopies).

Examples of documentation that must be submitted as evidence of eligible non-citizen status are:

  • Lawful Permanent Residents

    • Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551 since 1997)
    • Resident Alien Card (Form I-551 before 1997)
    • Arrival/Departure Record (CPB Form 1-94)
    • Departure Record (Form 1-94A)
    • U.S. Department of State machine readable immigrant visa
    • United States Travel Document
      • Reentry permit (Form I-327)
      • Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • Conditional Resident Aliens

    • Form I-551
    • Form I-94
    • Form I-94A
  • Refugees

    • Form I-94 or I-94A
    • Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • Persons Granted Asylum in the United States

    • Form I-94 or I-94A
    • Refugee Travel Document (Form I-571)
  • For persons paroled into the United States for at least one year, victims of human trafficking, Cuban-Haitian entrants, battered immigrants-qualified aliens, or Jay Treaty, please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for information on appropriate documentation.

Pell Grant Program Eligibility Requirements


  • You must be an undergraduate student who has not previously received a bachelor's degree.

  • In addition to the bullet above, you must not have completed the academic requirements for a program but have not yet accepted or applied for the degree. A student who completes all the requirements for a bachelor's degree but continues taking undergraduate courses without accepting that degree is not eligible to receive further Pell Grant funds.
  • You must not be currently incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution.

  • You may not exceed your Pell Lifetime Eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 added a time limit for students receiving Federal Pell Grants. A student may receive Pell Grants for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. If you have received a Pell Grant for the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters, you will no longer be eligible for a Pell Grant. Please contact a Financial Aid Counselor if you have questions regarding your Pell Lifetime Eligibility percentage.

  • Please Note: A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but has not yet accepted that degree is not eligible for further additional federal student aid funds for that program. A student who completes all the requirements for a bachelor's degree but continues taking undergraduate courses without accepting that degree is not eligible to receive further Pell Grant funds.

Direct Loan Program Eligibility Requirements


  • You must be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours as an undergraduate and 4.5 credit hours as a graduate)

  • You must not be currently incarcerated.

  • You must not have prior Perkins, FFEL, or Direct loans that have been discharged due to total and permanent disability.

  • Please see our Student Loans Information page for information regarding the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, which established a new provision to Direct Loan statutory requirements. The new requirements limit a first-time borrower's eligibility for Direct Subsidized Student loans to a period not to exceed 150% of the length of the borrower's education program (the 150% limit).

Note: Once your eligibility for loans is determined, you may need to complete additional requirements before your loan funds can disburse, such as entrance loan counseling and a Master Promissory Note. Please see our Student Loans Information page for more information.

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Illegal Drugs


UVU is a drug free institution. Students who have been convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs, and were receiving federal aid when the offense occurred, are not eligible for federal financial aid. If a student has a drug conviction for an offense, UVU must determine if the conviction affects the student’s eligibility for aid.

Study Abroad Students


A student who is enrolled in a program of study abroad approved for credit by UVU may be considered enrolled at UVU for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Federal Student Aid programs. Like other students enrolled in academic programs, students enrolled in study abroad programs must complete entrance loan counseling in order to receive their federal student loans, and must complete exit loan counseling when they withdraw (either officially or unofficially), drop below half-time enrollment status, or graduate. Each month we will notify students who withdrew or dropped below half-time enrollment status. Students who graduate will be notified at the end of the semester.

Financial Aid Deadlines


  • For the 2014-2015 aid year, students must have a valid FAFSA by the last day of the term for which they are enrolled or June 30th, 2015, whichever is sooner. However, the ability to be awarded and/or retroactively awarded is determined by meeting all eligibility requirements at the time the file is completed. This includes Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students may only be awarded retroactively for semesters during which they met and maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and all other eligibility requirements.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals deadlines: students who have failed SAP standards must have a completed SAP Appeal and/or Maximum Time Frame Academic Plan submitted to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office no later than two weeks prior to the last day of the payment period for which they are requesting aid. Please visit our SAP page for further information.

  • Verification deadlines are listed on the Verification page.