A student must fit one of the following categories to receive federal student aid: a U. S. citizen, a U. S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island), a permanent U. S. resident who has an I-151, I-551 or an I-551C, or has an I-94 from the INS.
Submenu To receive financial aid, you must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or an eligible non-citizen. Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are: A U.S. Permanent resident and you have an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551); A conditional permanent resident (I-551C) or An other eligible non-citizen with an arrival departure record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee”, “Asylum Granted”, “Indefinite Parole”, “Humanitarian Parole” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”. If you are on only an F1 or F2 student visa, a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa or a G services visa, you are neither a citizen nor eligible non-citizen.
A person is generally considered a legal citizen if they are born in the U.S.A.. or the child of a U.S. Citizen, or pass the requirements of the laws and regulations to establish citizenship. A person is generally considered a legally eligible non-citizen he or she is 1) a U.S. permanent resident and has an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-551); 2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551C); or 3) an other non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) showing any one of the following designations: "Refugee," "Asylum Granted," "Indefinite Parole," "Humanitarian Parole", or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant."