The following are the basic eligibility requirements for federal student financial aid:

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • 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);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • provide consent and approval to have your federal tax information transferred directly into your 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form;
  • sign the certification statement on the FAFSA form stating that you’re not in default on a federal student loan, you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and you will only use federal student aid for educational purposes;
  • have completed one of the following:
      • high school diploma or
      • state-recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or;
      • high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law

Each federal student aid program has program criteria such as enrollment requirements, a need-criteria, academic criteria, annual funding limits, and/or lifetime funding limits.  Please see Types of Aid | University of North Texas (unt.edu) for information about individual aid program criteria.

The following are the basic eligibility requirements for state student financial aid:

  • be classified a resident of Texas by institution ;
  • be enrolled in a degree seeking program;
  • be enrolled at an eligible institution;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • complete the FAFSA or (if not eligible for federal student aid) the TASFA;
  • be registered with Selective Service or be exempt;
  • not be in violation of Texas Family Code, Title 5, Section 231.006, which states a student who is obligated to pay child support and is more than 30 days delinquent is not eligible to receive a state funded grant or loan; and
  • not have been convicted of:
      • any felony; or
      • any offense under the law of any jurisdiction involving a controlled substance as defined by the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 481, Texas Controlled Substances Act.

Each state aid program has program criteria such as enrollment requirements, a need-criteria, academic criteria, annual funding limits, and/or lifetime funding limits.  Please see Types of Aid | University of North Texas (unt.edu) for information about individual aid program criteria.