Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements


General Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for most student financial aid programs is based on demonstrated financial need of the student, and/or the student's family and on registered credit hours.


For federal and state financial aid programs a student must:


  • Be a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States. Certain persons in process of becoming citizens or permanent residents may also be eligible.


To be eligible for federal financial aid programs (Pell, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Parent PLUS Loan), a student must also:


  • Be accepted by the College for admission and demonstrate the ability to benefit from the selected program of study.
  • Be enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
  • Meet the enrollment and attendance requirements for each program.
  • Comply with requirements concerning selective service registration.
  • Comply with requirements concerning submission of a Statement of Educational Purpose. This is included on the financial aid application (FAFSA).
  • Have financial need as determined by a need analysis formula provided through information on the FAFSA.
  • Certify that you are not in default on any federal loan.
  • Certify that you do not owe a refund to any federal aid program. This includes grant overpayments resulting from withdrawing from class(es).
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as set forth in the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act (see Drug Convictions & Financial Aid Eligibility).

Please note, in addition to federal aid program requirements, ACG recipients must meet certain academic requirements.


For Ohio programs the student must also:

  • Be a resident of Ohio (according to Ohio Law) for 12 consecutive months
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 hours), except for ONG and OCOG
  • Be enrolled in a degree program. Students in certificate programs are not eligible.

For Aultman Institutional Funds all eligibility requirements for State and Federal programs are followed.


Additional Eligibility Requirements


To be eligible for federal financial aid, attendance in class must be verified. Once attendance in class is verified, any refund checks to which the student is entitled will be mailed to the student. Direct deposit of financial aid refunds into your checking account is available. Contact the Financial Analyst for additional information.


Please note: The VA requires veterans receiving benefits to attend all scheduled class meetings.  Failure to do so may result in the loss of benefits and pay back of veterans benefits already received for the semester in question. Please see the Student Handbook for additional information concerning Veteran’s Administration and Standards of Progress.



Aultman College uses a “freeze” date each semester to determine a student’s enrollment status for awarding financial aid. The “freeze” date for each semester can be found on the Academic Calendar. The credit hours in which a student is enrolled on the freeze date are used to calculate the amount of federal financial the student will receive. If students add or drop classes prior to the freeze date the amount of aid for which the student is eligible may be recalculated. If classes are added or dropped after the freeze date, the financial aid will not change.


Policy Exceptions

  • Students receiving Stafford Loans must be enrolled six credit hours at the time of disbursement.
  • For students receiving OCOG funds: The OCOG amount will be determined by the percentage reduction in the student’s actual fee charges during the refund period.
  • If a student totally withdraws or stops attending classes prior to completing 60% of the semester, financial aid must be recalculated. The student could owe a refund to a grant program, to the College, and/or impact eligibility for future aid. Additional information regarding the recalculation policy is available in the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid is recalculated according to the last date of attendance or withdrawal date.

Please see the Withdrawal/Refund Policies for additional information.

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