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Financial Aid

Student Aid Eligibility

Eligibility for federal student aid is based on financial need and on several other factors. The Financial Aid Office 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.