To apply for—and maintain—financial aid, you must meet a few eligibility requirements.


You must be a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security Number or eligible non-citizen. Eligible non-citizens include:

  • U.S. permanent resident with a valid Alien Registration Receipt (I-151 or I-551)
  • Conditional Permanent resident (I-151C)
  • Other eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Other eligible non-citizen with a Temporary Resident Card (I-688).

Students in the U.S. on an F1 or F2 student visa, only a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or only a G series are not eligible for federal aid.

Financial Need and History

You must be able to demonstrate financial need to qualify for aid.

Students who are in default on a federal loan, on overpayment status, or who have exceeded annual or aggregate loan limits are not eligible for further financial aid. 

Access your federal aid history by logging in to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website using your federal PIN.

Selective Service

Male students between 18-26 must be registered with Selective Service to receive federal financial aid. You can contact Selective Service at (847) 688-6888 to verify enrollment.

Entrance & Exit Tests

Incoming students and first time loan borrowers need to complete the Entrance Test before applying for federal student loans. Visit www.studentloans.gov. You will first need your FSA ID. 

Students who are graduating, withdrawing, or dropping below half- time enrollment need to complete the Exit Test. Visit www.studentloans.gov. 

Enrollment and Satisfactory Academic Progress

To maintain financial aid, including loans, you must remain enrolled in an eligible program at SHS and make satisfactory academic progress. We will verify your enrollment and progress before each disbursement.

Academic Standards of Progress at the School of the Health Sciences

To maintain aid, you must:

  • Complete the units for which you receive aid each semester
  • Complete your program in the maximum timeframe allowed
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for each semester you receive aid [note said some schools require less. but this is FA, not academic]

Read our full policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress in the College Bulletin or speak with someone in the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about SAP standards.