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Qualifying for financial aid:


In order to qualify for most financial aid, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Must have a social security number.
  2. Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  4. Must be registered for selective service, if appropriate.
  5. Must be admitted as a degree-seeking student.
  6. Be enrolled at least half-time each term (six hours - undergraduates | five hours - classified graduates).
  7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  8. Cannot be in default on other student loans or owe a grant refund.

To receive financial assistance from the State of Illinois, documentation of Illinois residency must be provided. View or download the Illinois residency requirements for Illinois Student Assistance programs.


 

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

 

A student who has been convicted of an offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal aid (including grants,loans, or work assistance) during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table.

If convicted of an offense involving;

Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Ineligibility Period

First Offense

1 year

Second Offense

2 years

Third Offense

Indefinite

Sale of a Controlled Sub stance

 

Ineligibility Period

First Offense

2 years

Second Offense

Indefinite

 

A student who has lost eligibility for financial aid based on the possession or sale of a controlled substance may regain eligibility before the above stated ineligibility period if:

 

A. The student successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program that;

     1. Includes at least two unannounced drug tests; and

     2. Has received or is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly under a Federal, State, or local government program;

        a. Is administered or recognized by a Federal, State, or local government agency or court;

        b. Has received or is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a Federal - or

            State - licensed insurance company; or

        c. Is administered or recognized by a Federal - or State - licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

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