Who Gets Aid
Most U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens are eligible for financial aid for college or career school. It’s important to understand the criteria of the programs, how to stay eligible, and how to get your eligibility back if you lose it.
In general, to be considered eligible to apply for financial aid a student must:
- Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as at least a half-time student. (Half-time enrollment is a minimum of six credits in college credit coursework leading to a degree or certificate, or be enrolled for the applicable clock hours in a clock hour certificate program, and therefore excludes audited classes.) Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester enrollment in a program of study abroad which has been approved by Daytona State, may be considered enrolled at the College for the purpose of applying for federal aid.
- Be accepted at Daytona State as a "regular" student. A "regular" student is a student pursuing an AA, AAS, AS, BAS, or BS degree or an approved college credit or vocational certificate.
- Be enrolled in an eligible program of study, and be enrolled in courses required by that program. Eligible programs are post-secondary programs which lead to an AA, AAS, AS, BAS, or BS degree or an approved college credit or vocational certificate.
- Be making progress toward completion of courses of study in compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
- Not be in default on a loan or owe a repayment on any previous federal or state grant received.
- Be registered with the Selective Service, if required to do so.
- Have a standard high school diploma or GED®. (The official high school transcript or official GED® transcript must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Please check with the Admissions Office regarding the requirements to submit the official high school or GED® transcript.)
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Sign a statement on educational purpose and a certification statement on overpayment and default. (Both statements are included on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [FASFA]).
- Have financial need, except for some loan programs.
Be enrolled in an eligible program of study. Eligible programs are post-secondary programs which lead to an AA, AS, AAS, BAS, or BS degree or an approved college credit or vocational certificate.
Prerequisites (Conditional Programs)
Students who are taking prerequisite courses in order to be accepted into a degree or certificate program would only be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan. To receive a Federal Direct Loan while enrolled in prerequisites, the student must be enrolled at least half time in required prerequisite course(s). In some programs, there may be only one or two prerequisite courses that are required, and the enrollment status in that course(s) is not half time. As a result, the student would not be eligible for a Federal Direct Loan or other financial aid. [The following prerequisite (conditional) programs are not eligible for financial aid as enrollment in required prerequisite course(s) is not half time: Conditional Practical Nursing (major 119500); Conditional Dental Assisting (major 114800); Conditional Medical Assisting (major 112300); Conditional Health Information Technology (major 211400); Conditional Medical Information Coder Biller (major 191200); and Conditional Surgical Technology (major 119200).]
Be registered with the Selective Service if required to do so.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
Be making progress toward the completion of courses of study in compliance with Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Not be in default on a loan or owe a repayment on any federal or state grant received.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
As consumers, students have a right to:
- Be informed of the correct procedures for applying for aid, cost of attendance, types of aid available, how financial need is determined, criteria for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what must be done to continue receiving aid
- Be informed of the type and amount of assistance the student will receive, and how and when the student will receive the aid
- View the contents of the student's financial aid file, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Know the conditions of any loan.
It is the student's responsibility to:
- Complete application materials correctly and submit them on time
- Read all materials sent from the Financial Aid Services Office and all agencies awarding aid, read, understand and keep copies of all forms the student signs
- Know and comply with the rules governing the aid received
- Provide additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or any new information the Financial Aid Services Office requests
- Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements signed
- Use financial aid only for expenses related to attending the College
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Notify the Financial Aid Services Office of any resources not considered during the original need analysis and aid not included as part of financial aid award
- Keep local and permanent addresses current through Falcon Self-Service on the MyDaytonaState portal.