General Eligibility Requirements

 To receive funding from any of the federal or state student aid programs, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working on a degree or an eligible certificate program
  • Must not be in default or owe a repayment to any federal program.
  • Meet UCO Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.
  • Certify funds will be used for educational purposes.
  • Comply with the Selective Service Registration requirements.

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drugs

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for FSA funds.  The student self-certifies in applying for aid on the FAFSA that he is eligible.   Convictions only count if an offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student received Title IV financial aid and do not count if received when the student was a juvenile, unless tried as an adult.

 The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds.


Sale of Illegal Drugs

Possession of Illegal Drugs




1st offense

1 year from date of conviction

2 years from date of conviction

2nd offense

2 years from date of conviction

Indefinite period

3+ offenses

Indefinite period