Eligibility for Aid
Students must meet all eligibility requirements described here to be considered for any Title IV federal financial aid programs and need-based aid assistance from Blue Ridge Community College . High school diploma: To be eligible for aid, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Approved Degree Program
Undergraduate students must be in an approved degree or certificate-seeking program to be eligible for any financial aid. An eligible academic program is one that consists of a minimum of 16-credit hours.
Students must register for at least twelve credit hours each semester in order to receive the full financial aid award package. Students who register on a part-time basis will have their financial aid award reduced proportionally to remain in compliance with federal regulations and institutional policies.
Students must be United States citizens or registered permanent residents in order to be eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance. The Office of Student Financial Services does not award financial aid to international or foreign students.
Valid Social Security Number
Students must have a valid Social Security number to receive financial aid. Exceptions to this rule are students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for financial aid.
Default or Owe Refund
To be eligible for financial assistance, students must not be in default on a federal Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loan, Supplemental Loan for Students, or any Ford Direct Loan, nor owe any refund on a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant previously awarded at any post-secondary institution.
A new law suspends federal student aid eligibility for students convicted under federal or state law for possession of or sale of illegal drugs (not including alcohol or tobacco). If you have been convicted in the past, this does not automatically mean that you are ineligible for federal student aid. You will need to complete a Drug Conviction Worksheet to determine your eligibility.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To remain eligible for any grant, loan, or work assistance, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, according to the standards and practices of BRCC. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may not receive federal Title IV programs, state and Institutional need-based grants and scholarships. Students are considered to have made satisfactory progress for federal and institutional assistance if the following standards are met: Financial Aid Policy of Satisfactory Academic Progress.