What are FAFSA Qualifications?

By Dirk Diggler , last updated December 22, 2011
If you are a high school junior, or are anybody contemplating attending a college or university in the fall, you should know about the minimum qualifications needed to receive financial aid from FAFSA. FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a program that has been set up by the United States’ Office of Financial Aid in order to help provide the nation's youth with a higher education. The government runs this program in order to educate their citizens, who will in turn help ensure that America remains a successful nation for years to come. The government has a vested interest in educating you, so continue reading to find out if you meet the qualifications to receive aid.
In order to successfully receive financial aid from the Office of Education, there are a few basic requirements. The first general requirement is, not surprisingly, that you are a citizen of the United States, or at least a permanent resident who is eligible for citizenship. The next step is to have already been accepted to an institution, because the government is not willing to give out money to people who have not applied or at least been offered a position at an institution. Also, FAFSA financial aid specifically targets higher education, so in order to receive it you must have already graduated from high school or have some equivalent credential such as a GED. Finally, the government is not going to give out money to just anybody who has graduated from high school, and the amount you are given will depend largely on your academic standing. Make sure to hit the books and prove that you are a worthy investment!
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