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Student Requirements

Student Requirements

Satisfying financial aid requirements

If you have a student requirement on the Check Financial Aid Status page on your Score account, please reference the information below on how to satisfy them:

Citizenship

Below is a list of acceptable documentation to prove citizenship:

  • An original and certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory bearing an official seal (clear and complete copies of original and certified US birth certificates).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A U.S Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)/
  • A current U.S. Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)

FAFSA Rejected

If your FAFSA is rejected, it is usually because you left information off of it such as:

  • Parent or student signature
  • Parent or student personal or tax information

You should do one of the following:

-Check SAR (Student Aid Report) at www.fafsa.gov to see why your FAFSA is rejected and make the necessary corrections.

-Email finaid@highlands.edu for assistance in finding out why it is rejected.

Pell Limit

A Pell limit requirement means you may have reached (or are getting close to) your Pell LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Used) of 600%.

Within one to two weeks of registering for classes, the GHC Office of Financial Aid Processor will review your account to determine how much (if any) Pell Grant funding you have left and it will be applied to your account.  Then the Pell requirement will be satisfied by the Processor.

Click here to learn more about the Pell LEU.

Selective Service

According to law, all males between the ages of 18-26 must register with Selective Service.  No financial aid will be issued if this requirement is not met.

Click here to find out more information or to register for Selective Service.

UG Close to Loan Limit

This requirement is because you have reached (or are close to) your lifetime federal loan aggregate borrowing limit.

Within one to two weeks of registering for classes, the GHC Office of Financial Aid Processor will review your account to determine how much (if any) federal loan funding you are eligibile for and it will be applied to your account.  Then the UG Close to Loan Limit requirement will be satisfied by the Processor.

Click here to learn more about federal loan aggregate limits.

Unusual Enrollment

This requirement is present when a student receives federal student financial aid at multiple
institutions in recent years.

Within one to two weeks of registering for classes, the GHC Financial Aid Processor will review your account to determine your enrollment history.  Certain enrollment history reviews require that an Unusual Enrollment form be completed.  This will be emailed to your GHC student email account by the Processor.  Then the UG Close to Loan Limit requirement will be satisfied by the Processor.

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