Student Aid Eligibility

Eligibility for federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine your eligibility based on your answers to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), other federal agencies, and SLCC admission records.

To receive aid you must:

  • Prove financial need (except for certain loans). Financial need is determined by completing the FAFSA. You can apply online at FAFSA.
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law.
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program. See the Eligible/Non-Eligible Credit Hour Program list.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (unless you're from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Register with the Selective Service if required. You can use the paper or electronic FAFSA to register, (Register Online), or you can call 1-847-688-6888. (TTY users can call 1-847-688-2567.)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school. See the Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.