Students seeking Federal Aid must meet the guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education:
- Successfully complete the FAFSA – ISIR must be received by Criswell Financial Aid Office by April 15th for priority awarding
- Possess a valid Social Security Number (SSN). SSN matches are conducted by the government processor for each applicant for federal aid programs;
- Be registered for Selective Service, if required to do so. Federal financial aid cannot be disbursed until the Office of Financial Aid receives notification that the student has successfully registered with Selective Service;
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen. (Check with the Office of Financial Aid for details);
- Be degree-seeking, enrolled in a degree-granting eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a degree, or certificate;
- Be fully admitted to Criswell College. Students admitted on a conditional basis (incomplete admission file) may be awarded financial aid, but no aid will be disbursed until the student completes his/her admission file;
- Be in good standing and making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree;
- Not be on Financial Aid Suspension;
- Possess a high school diploma or GED. Students who have successfully completed at least two years of college-level work that is acceptable for full credit toward a baccalaureate degree at Criswell College may also be eligible to apply for federal aid. Students completing their high school education in a home school environment may also be eligible to apply for federal financial aid under certain conditions. (See the Office of Financial Aid for more information.);
- Not be in default (or delinquent) on any educational loan programs with the state or federal government, or have borrowed in excess of the loan limits on federal loan programs;
- Not owe a refund on grants previously received under the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, or the Leveraged Educational Assistance Partnership program Grant.
- Not be enrolled and receiving aid at another school concurrently.
- Must meet enrollment status requirements (aid eligibility and amounts are based on full time, ¾ time, ½ time or less than ½ time status)
- Must have resolved any drug conviction issue
**Conviction for an offense involving possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV aid will result in the student’s ineligibility to receive Title IV funds indefinitely or for a period of time.***