Student Eligibility

Student Eligibility SSGUpdated in September 2019 for the 2019-20 program year.

This guide provides an overview of general student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, acquaints participants with the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), the student eligibility database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), as well as how certain educational programs affect student eligibility.

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Learning Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction to Student Eligibility 

  • Understand the importance of establishing a student’s eligibility for Title IV aid;
  • Recognize that student eligibility criteria are both general and program-specific;
  • Learn the categories into which the general student eligibility criteria fall.

Lesson 2: Criteria Checked Via the Application Process 

  • Be able to identify the federal agencies and systems used to check student eligibility criteria;
  • Recognize the student eligibility criteria checked through the application process;
  • Understand how the criteria impact student eligibility for Title IV aid; and
  • Know how to resolve problems with database matches.

Lesson 3: The Application Process Checks 

  • Understand the criteria checked and monitored by the school;
  • Know how to identify conflicting information; and
  • Recognize examples of fraud and how to report it.

Lesson 4: Educational Coursework and Programs that Affect Student Eligibility and Changes in Eligibility 

  • Understand how certain types of coursework and programs impact student eligibility;
  • Recognize the clock/credit hour conversion formula and its purpose; and
  • Understand how changes in eligibility impact the receipt of Title IV aid.

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Publication Date: 9/25/2019

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