Thomas Jefferson University

General Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for federal, state, institutional, and many private sources of financial assistance, students must meet the following conditions:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  2. Must be admitted to or enrolled in a degree program (“matriculated”) or must be admitted to or enrolled in an approved certificate program (please note that not all certificate programs are approved for federal, state, or institutional aid).
  3. Have a high school diploma or GED.
  4. Must be a half-time or full time student in any semester in which you are applying for aid.   Half time for undergraduate students is defined as 6 credits and for graduate students, half time is defined as 5 credits. Only coursework required for degree completion maybe included for financial aid purposes. Non-required electives, audited classes and coursework outside the degree program cannot be considered.
  5. You must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward a degree. Consult your College Handbook for details on SAP.
  6. If the student is male, ages 18-26, he must be registered with Selective Service.
  7. Must not be in default on a federal student loan such as a Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal GRAD PLUS Loan or a Federal Perkins Loan.
  8. Must not owe an overpayment for a federal grant such as a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant.
  9. Must not have reached or exceeded the annual/aggregate loan limits for the Federal Direct Loan program.
  10. Other requirements may apply. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.