While all scholarships are based on academic merit, some scholarships also require financial need. Determination of financial need is based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for all need-based scholarships, first-year applicants must file their FAFSA by February 15. For returning students, the FAFSA filing deadline is March 15. The FAFSA is available online beginning January 1.

Students must meet the following criteria for basic federal financial aid eligibility*:

* Federal Pell Grant eligibility also includes no involuntary civil commitment following incarceration for a sexual offense (as determined under the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program)