To receive aid from any of the federal student aid programs, you must meet all of the following criteria: have financial need, except for some loan programs. have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under state law. be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. (You may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate, bachelor's, or graduate degree program.) not be enrolled simultaneously in elementary or secondary school. meet the citizenship requirements. Click here for more info. have a valid Social Security Number. If you don't have a Social Security Number, you can find out more about applying for one at www.ssa.gov meet satisfactory academic progress standards set by the postsecondary school you are or will be attending. sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes. sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money back on a federal student grant. not borrow in excess of the annual or aggregate loan limits for Title IV loans. not have property subject to a lien for a U.S. debt. register with the Selective Service, if required. If you are a male 18 through 25 years of age and you have not yet registered with the Selective Service, you can give Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA, or you can register right now online. not have disqualifying drug convictions. When you apply for aid from the SFA Programs, the U.S. Department of Education verifies some of your information with the following federal agencies: Social Security Administration (for verification of Social Security Numbers and U.S. citizenship status), Selective Service System (for verification of Selective Service registration status, if applicable), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (for verification of eligible noncitizen status, if applicable), Department of Justice (for verification that a student has not been denied Federal student aid by the courts as the result of a drug-related conviction), Veterans Administration (for verification of veterans status, if applicable, for dependency status purposes).