To be eligible for federal, state, or institutional student aid programs at Granite State College, you must meet minimum general eligibility requirements.
General Eligibility Requirements
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Have a valid Social Security Number (there are a few international exceptions allowed by law)
- Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent or have been homeschooled in a setting approved by state law
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Not have any drug convictions that occurred while receiving federal student aid
- Not be in default status on a federal student loan or owe a refund on a federal grant
- Be accepted as a regular student working toward an eligible degree or post-baccalaureate certificate program
- Be enrolled at least half-time during any term (except for Pell Grant Eligibility)
- Not be receiving federal or state financial aid from another institution for the same enrollment period
Additional Eligibility Requirements
You may also be asked to complete verification or to resolve conflicting information on your FAFSA.
To be eligible, a student must be registered for classes and have aid ready to be disbursed at the time the Advanced Funds process runs 10 days prior to the term start.
Checks are mailed the Tuesday prior to the start of the term. Direct deposits are made the Wednesday prior to the start of the term.
Students who have a previous account balance are not eligible for Advanced Funds.
Students are responsible for repayment of funds if they drop from any or all coursework. Students may opt out of this process by submitting the Opt Out of Advanced Funds form.
To receive Advanced Book Funding you must meet the following conditions by the 10th day prior to the start of the term:
- Be eligible for federal student aid
- Your federal aid is ready to disburse
- Be registered for classes
- Have a credit balance after covering the cost of tuition and fees
- Not have a prior balance due on your account.
If you do not meet the above conditions any credit balance will be issued to you no earlier than two weeks after the add/drop period for the term. To increase your chances of qualifying for the advanced book funds we recommend you submit all required documents by the financial aid preferred deadline. This date can be found in the Student Services Calendar.
- Tax Documents
- Child Support Paid/Received
- Household Size
- Number in College
- Identity and Statement of Education Purpose
- High School Completion Status
- Untaxed Income
- SNAP Benefits (formerly known as food stamps)
If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will be required to obtain an IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can download or order a free Tax Return Transcript at the IRS website. If you request the Return Transcript by mail you can expect to receive it within 5-10 days after the IRS receives your request.
If a student or parent was granted a filing extension by the IRS, contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on required documentation.
Documentation submitted to the Office of Financial Aid must be legible and have student identifiers attached (Student ID, Date of Birth, Address, etc.). If you submit a document that is not legible or is missing information, then the requirement will be considered incomplete and you will be notified of this via email or letter.
Documentation submitted to the Office of Financial Aid must be legible and have student identifiers attached (student ID, etc.). If the student submits a document which is not legible, appropriate or incomplete, then the requirement is considered incomplete and the student is notified to resubmit.