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Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid

In order to determine your eligibility for financial aid at LaGuardia, you'll be assessed based on the following (and possibly other) requirements:

To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half time in a degree program
  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident alien
  • Make satisfactory academic progress in program of study
  • If male, be registered with the Selective Service, if required
  • Not have had eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug related conviction
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment of a federal student grant
  • Have financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Eligibility requirements for state financial aid

View requirements for specific financial aid programs.

You can receive financial aid for both Sessions I and II. Your aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Certification date in Session I; therefore, it's important that you register for both sessions at the same time.

You can apply for and receive financial aid even if you or your parents weren't required to file a federal tax return. 2016 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations state that you are required to file a tax return if you've earned at least $10,350 for the year.

Semester Limits: Students are limited to 12 Pell life time payments (600 percent). Each payment disbursed as a full time student will be counted as 50 percent. Per state regulations, you can receive up to 36 TAP payment points (6 semesters) toward your associate degree. Each semester you can use up to 6 payments.

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