Who is eligible to apply...
Under the Federal Stafford Loan Program, any U.S. citizen, national, or person in the United States for other than a temporary purpose, who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program on at least a half-time basis as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at a participating postsecondary school may apply. An otherwise eligible student is eligible for loans during a single 12-month period in which the student is enrolled in a non-degree/non-certificate course of study that the school has determined is necessary in order for the student to enroll in a program leading to a degree or certificate. Under the Federal PLUS program, parents may borrow for dependent students. Under the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford program, graduate or professional students, and independent undergraduate students may apply; under certain circumstances, a dependent undergraduate student may apply for an Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loan. Students who are enrolled at an eligible institution on at least a half time basis in a program that is required by a State for elementary or secondary teacher certification are also eligible for Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) aid (Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS). Under the Federal Consolidation Loan Program, a borrower may have his or her Stafford, Unsubsidized Stafford, PLUS, Perkins (formerly NDSL), and Health Professions Student Loans consolidated, provided that the borrower is in a grace period or repayment status on all loans being consolidated, or is a delinquent or defaulted borrower who will reenter repayment through consolidation, and does not have another application for a consolidation loan pending. Married couples may consolidate eligible loans. Only U.S., citizens or nationals may receive a loan to attend eligible foreign postsecondary schools. A student that is presently enrolled at a participating institution must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in the course of study he/she is pursuing. Also, the borrower may not owe a refund on any Title IV grant or be in default on any Title IV loan received for attendance at any school. The borrower must also file a statement of registration compliance (Selective Service). In order to receive a subsidized Stafford Loan, all borrowers must undergo a financial need analysis to determine eligibility for Federal interest and special allowance benefits. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford, PLUS, or Consolidation Loans are non-need based programs. A Stafford loan applicant who is an undergraduate student who attends a school that participates in the Pell Grant Program must receive a determination of his or her Pell Grant eligibility or ineligibility before the school may certify an application for a loan. If the applicant is determined to be eligible for a Pell Grant, the applicant must apply for a Pell Grant for the enrollment period before the institution may certify an application for a FFELP loan. An unsubsidized Stafford loan applicant must also receive a determination of need for a loan under the Stafford Loan Program and, if eligible, must apply for a Stafford loan prior to the school's certification of the Unsubsidized Stafford application.
For the Federal Stafford Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford, and PLUS programs, the student will need certification of eligibility from the school, and may be required to supply documentation to verify the accuracy of data used in the Stafford Loan need analysis. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.
About this section:
This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy.
For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree,
3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible.
Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they
Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications
are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs,
the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.