Skip to Main Site Navigation Skip to Top Navigation Skip to Search Skip to Quick Links Skip to Content Skip to Footer Skip To Left Navigation

Who is eligible for federal financial aid?

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen with a valid Social Security number. 
  • Demonstrate financial need.  Please note, that not everyone who applies for Federal Financial Aid is automatically eligible.  Students must meet very specific criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education and the College of Southern Idaho.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student taking credits in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Not be in default on a student loan or owe an overpayment or repayment to a financial aid program.
  • Meet additional eligibility requirements if you have ever been convicted of sale or possession of illegal drugs while you were receiving federal student aid.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Be academically ready for study at the college level by-
    • Having a high school diploma (this can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma);
    • Having the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general education development or GED certificate;
    • Having completed homeschooling at the secondary level.