In order to be eligible for most federal financial aid programs, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Have financial need, except for some loan programs.
- Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate.
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Have a valid Social Security Number.
- Make satisfactory academic progress.
- Sign a statement of educational purpose and a certification statement indicating that you are not in default on a student loan nor owe an overpayment on a grant. Both statements are found on the FAFSA.
- Register with the Selective Service, if required. You can register or check your registration online at the Selective Service System's web site at www.sss.gov.
- Never been convicted under a federal or state law for the sale or possession of illegal drugs. A drug-related conviction does not necessarily make a student ineligible for aid. A student with a prior drug-related conviction must complete a dederal worksheet to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility.
A conviction for any drug law violation during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds, under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs will result in the loss of eligibility for any Title IV, HEA grant, loan, or work-study assistance.
Cost of Attendance
The Financial Aid Office determines what it will cost, on average, for you to attend Kettering College. The expense of attending college is referred to as a "cost of attendance" or a "budget." Kettering College has several different budgets for categories of students, such as students living off campus, students living on campus, Physician Assistant students in the master's degree living off campus, full or part-time students, etc. Our budget includes tuition, fees, books, room, board, transportation, and a variety of other personal expenses that the average student incurs while attending school.
In some cases, we can add additional educational expenses with appropriate documentation. An example of a justifiable additional educational expense would be dependent child-care expenses. In order to discuss having your budget adjusted, you would need to obtain the appropriate documentation and submit it, along with a written request for consideration, to the Financial Aid Office. For more information regarding this process please refer to the Special Circumstance Review link on the left.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The cost of attendance is one of the factors determining how much financial need a student has. The other factor, the Expected Family Contribution, comes from the results of your FAFSA.
Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need
How much financial need you demonstrate will determine the financial aid programs for which you qualify. Even if you have no financial need, there are still financial aid programs that may be available.