Financial Aid Eligibility/Ineligibility

Financial Aid Eligibility

Eligibility for student financial aid is based on a variety of factors and is determined, in general, by need. Financial need is the difference between the reasonable cost of a student's education and the amount the applicant and his/her family can reasonably be expected to contribute from their income and assets to meet the expenses of that education. A need analysis through the Federal Financial Aid Form is required for all federal financial aid programs. The required verification documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. All information obtained for determining a student's financial aid eligibility is confidential and is protected from any unauthorized use by the Family Education and Privacy Act of 1974.

In addition, students must be admitted as a regular student, be enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program, and make satisfactory academic progress. Financial aid recipients will receive a copy of College of the Ouachitas Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy upon signing their award letter. Student transcripts are reviewed at the end of each semester to determine eligibility for the next semester. Students must reapply for financial assistance each year as aid is not automatically renewed. Students should apply well ahead of deadlines.

Financial Aid Ineligibility

A student is ineligible to receive financial assistance if he/she has defaulted on a student loan, owes a refund to any of the federal programs, does not maintain satisfactory academic progress, or has been convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs.