Financial Aid Eligibility
Enhance your eligibility and avoid delays in disbursement: Apply Early! The new FAFSA is available each year on January 1st.
Most student are eligible to receive financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Additionally, you may be eligible for financial aid from state programs. Your age, race, or field of study does not affect your eligibility for aid. While your income is taken into consideration, it does not automatically prevent you from receiving student aid.
You are only eligible to receive federal and state aid at one school at a time. If you are planning on attending multiple MnSCU schools at the same time please visit financial aid regarding establishing a consortium agreement.
The amount of financial aid you receive at disbursement will depend on whether you meet the eligibility and enrollment criteria. Federal and state aid is based on your financial need as determined by your EFC or Expected Family Contribution. Your EFC is calculated by the Department of Education and is based on the household information provided on your FAFSA.
The date on which you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can affect the eligibility of some aid programs. Meeting your FAFSA priority deadline increases likelihood you will be considered for aid programs with limited funding. The priority deadline is April 1.
To receive financial aid, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you are a non-citizen and would like to determine your eligibility status please visit the Financial Aid Office.
- Have a valid Social Security number or for non-citizens, an A-number.
- Be enrolled at ARCC as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program effective the term in which you wish to receive aid. You must be a degree-seeking student in order to receive aid.
- Comply with the Selective Service registration requirement; if you are male you must register between the ages of 18 and 25. If you are a male student born after December 31, 1959 you must have Selective Service registration.
- Have no prior convictions for a drug offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid.
- Have no current default status on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal student grant.
- Comply with the verification process. One-third of all students are selected for this process by the Department of Education. If you are selected ARCC is required to verify the information reported on your FAFSA. If you do not provide the information needed to complete the verification process you will not be eligible to receive aid. All notifications regarding required information will be sent to your student email address.
- Provide information to resolve any discrepancies identified as a result of Department of Education interfaces with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, or the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).
- Meet financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards. There are differences in these standards between the Academic Advising Office and the Financial Aid Office, so make sure you check with both.
- Submit all requested academic transcripts.
Federal regulations limit a student’s eligibility for federal aid to a total of 30 developmental credits (not college level) attempted.
Courses you have successfully completed (passed) more than twice are not eligible for financial aid.