As a first-time or continuing student, general eligibility requirements for Federal Student Aid, as determined by the Department of Education, state you must:
Federal regulations require that students only receive federal financial aid (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Grant, Federal Direct Loans) for courses that count towards their degree/certificate. Students must be enrolled in a financial aid eligible degree or certificate program and taking classes included in that program.
You may also need the following information on hand when completing the FAFSA:
Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This application should be completed each year. See the FAFSA website to confirm the tax year you should be using to complete the application. For helpful tips on completing the FAFSA please visit www.studentaid.gov.