Eligibility

Eligibility

All applicants for financial aid at Bloomsburg University are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students applying for the first time and who are undergraduate Pennsylvania residents need to complete the Pennsylvania State Grant form.   This can be completed immediately after completing the FAFSA by a link on the confirmation page or by creating an account on "Account Access" at www.pheaa.org

You must meet certain qualifications to receive funding along with meeting qualifications in school to continue to remain eligible.  Our staff will evaluate these to be sure you are meeting the requirements for federal financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Citizenship
    • Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • F1/F2 student visas are not eligible for federal aid.
  • Selective Service Registration
  • Enrollment
    • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Bloomsburg University in a degree program. 
    • Study abroad programs offered for credit by Bloomsburg University may be considered enrolled for the purposes of awarding federal financial aid.
    • Limited number of certificate programs that may be eligible for Title IV aid.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Satisfactory academic progress must be maintained to remain eligible for financial aid.  Please become familiar with our policy as it can affect you funding.
  • Convictions
    • A conviction for any drug offense, during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance. 
  • Federal Education Loan Status
    • Students cannot have any federal education loans in default.  Access nslds.ed.gov to check on any prior loans.
  • Completing Verification (if selected)
    • Required to submit the requested supporting documentation to the financial aid office (examples: federal taxes, household size, number in college)
    • Financial aid cannot be paid until the verification requirements have been completed.
    • If verification is not completed before your final day of enrollment in the academic year, all your federal financial aid will be cancelled except for the Federal Pell Grant.  Pell verification must be completed prior to the date established by the Secretary of Education (usually 120 days after the final day of enrollment or August 31, 2020, whichever is earlier, for the 2019-2020 academic year).