Financial Aid Eligibility
To receive Federal and most State financial aid, an applicant must:
Be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident, resident alien, refugee, asylee); NOTE: State of California programs may have a less restrictive residency requirement for non-U.S. citizens
I am a non-U.S. citizen. Can I get federal student aid?
If you fall in one of the categories below, you are considered an “eligible noncitizen.”
1. You are a
- U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island) or
- U.S. permanent resident with a Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card, Resident Alien Card, or Alien Registration Receipt Card), also known as a green card.
Be enrolled at Las Positas College
Be officially enrolled in a degree, certificate, or eligible transfer program in a declared major at Las Positas
Be making satisfactory academic progress according to financial aid policy
Have financial need as demonstrated through application on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Not be in default on a Federal student loan or owe a repayment on a Federal student grant
Have a high school diploma, a GED (General Equivalency Diploma), their equivalent, or demonstrate an ability to benefit from a college education by passing the required Department of Education approved 'Ability to Benefit' test* offered by the Assessment and Tutorial Center.
Be registered with the Selective Service (unless not required to register). Supply an accurate Social Security Number and name.
Provide all documentation requested by the financial aid office.
*For students who have enrolled before July 1, 2012 and do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and would like to qualify for financial aid, we provide a test to determine if the student meets the criteria to be eligible for aid. Students are usually referred by the Financial Aid Department for this test. This is a pass or fail test and is done by appointment only.
Please confirm with the Financial Aid office if you are eligible.