Eligibility for Aid

To be considered for any federal or state financial aid programs at Blue Ridge Community College, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be enrolled in an approved degree program for at least 16 credit hours.
  • Be enrolled for at least 12 hours per semester. 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.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a valid Social Security Number. Exceptions to this rule are students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
  • Register for Selective Service. Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered with Selective Service to be eligible for financial aid.
  • Not be in default of a Federal Student or Parent loan, or owe a refund to any post-secondary institution.
  • Not have a drug conviction. Federal regulations prohibit 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.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress to remain eligible for any grant, loan, or work assistance. Students who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may not receive federal or state aid or institutional scholarships. Please see our Financial Aid Policy of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the full policy of maintaining satisfactory academic progress.