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Eligibility Criteria for Receiving Financial Aid

Radford University utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the standard application for Federal Student Aid.  The results of your FAFSA will determine what federal and state financial aid programs you may be eligible to receive.

Because the majority of funds awarded by Radford University are federal and state need based award programs and is governed by federal regulations.  In order to be considered eligible for these award programs you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Have a valid Social Security Number, confirmed during FAFSA completion
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • Not have a disqualifying drug conviction, as determined by the FAFSA
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must meet satisfactory academic progress standards (link to policy)
  • Have not exceeded the annual or aggregate federal loan limits
  • Cannot be in default on a student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal grant program at any institution
  • Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program
  • Must be enrolled at least half time in an approved program