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Student Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for federal aid programs require that a student

  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular (not conditional) student pursuing a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • not be simultaneously enrolled in an elementary or secondary school while enrolled in postsecondary school
  • provide a valid social security number
  • have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (GED), or demonstrate the ability to benefit by passing an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default
  • be registered with the Selective Service, if required
  • for Title IV loans, have eligibility determined by completing a FAFSA
  • demonstrate need for financial assistance (not required for PLUS and Unsubsidized loans)
  • maintain satisfactory progress as identified by the institution
  • not have borrowed in excess of annual or aggregate levels on any Title IV loans
  • not have had federal benefits suspended due to a drug offense conviction (see information below)
  • be enrolled at least half-time (except for the Federal Pell Grant, which allows less-than-half-time enrollment.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires disclosure of policies that can affect students in colleges and universities. The following information is disclosed to you as a student at Alaska Pacific University in compliance with this federal law.

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified in the following table.

If convicted of an offense involving:

Possession of a Controlled Substance Ineligibility Period
First Offense 1 year
Second Offense 2 years
Third Offense Indefinite
Sale of a Controlled Substance Ineligibility Period
First Offense 2 years
Second Offense Indefinite

A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:

  • the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; and includes two unannounced drug tests;
  • the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; or
  • the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.