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Eligibility Requirements

In order to recieve funds through the Financial Aid Office you must:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (international students are not eligible for any aid through our office);
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration;
  • be admitted to UW-Eau Claire in a degree program;
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid (except for Federal Unsubsidized Ford, PLUS, and alternative loans);
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by our office and by your academic college or school;
  • at least half-time status
  • meet the eligibility requirements of each of the aid programs you accept;
  • not be in default on any educational loan, not show an unwillingness to repay any educational loan, and not owe any refund on a grant or loan;
  • have no convictions for the sale or possession of illegal drugs while receiving financial aid (depending on the date of conviction, you may be ineligible for federal student aid);
  • not be delinquent in payments of court-ordered child support and/or maintenance (applies to State of Wisconsin controlled grants and scholarships); and
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent.

How are award amounts determined?
An expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated using federal methodology and the information reported on the FAFSA.  Many factors impact the calculation, such as family income, assets, household size, number in college, and parent age.   Need is determined by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting the EFC.  Once need is established, the Financial Aid office considers the student for all grants first, then loans and work study.

The student's award notification indicates the assumption made about fulltime or part-time enrollment status.  if this assumption is incorrect, students should notify our office.  Early in the semester, financial aid awards are adjusted, if necessary, for enrollment status changes.

Credit Requirements
Satisfactory Academic Progress