University of Houston-Victoria

Financial Aid

General Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for need-based grants, an applicant must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen,
  2. Demonstrate documented need for need-based grants,
  3. Be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward an eligible degree or certificate program,
  4. Enroll as a regular student in an eligible degree-seeking or certificate  program,
  5. Must meet enrollment status requirements,
  6. Have registered with the Selective Service if male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25),
  7. Not be in default on any educational loan or owe a refund on any educational grant,
  8. Not been convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled and receiving Title IV Financial Aid,
  9. Have a valid social security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau),
  10. Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid stating that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, and
  11. Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
    • enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives.

As of June 17, 2021, the FAFSA Simplification Act removed the Selective Service and Drug Conviction requirements for Title IV eligibility.