Federal Aid Eligibility

In order to receive federal financial aid, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen. International students who wish to inquire about financial aid options will find detailed information on our private education loan page.
  • Complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or have completed a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six credit-hours for the fall and spring semesters and three credit hours for the summer term) as a degree-seeking student.
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress while at Chicago-Kent College.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you are a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
  • Have a valid Social Security number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.

Official Terms and Conditions

In accordance with the eligibility requirements listed above, the total amount that you accept of your offered award will be divided equally among the semesters in which you have been awarded (i.e. fall and spring). Loans for one semester (fall graduate) will be disbursed in one payment within the semester awarded, less the Department of Education processing fees.

All first time federal student loan borrowers at Illinois Institute of Technology—Chicago Kent College of Law must complete Entrance Loan Counseling to learn about their rights and responsibilities of the loan programs. Students can complete this requirement online at studentloans.gov

Award adjustments will be made after the end of the add/drop period if a student exceeds their eligibility due to enrollment hours.

You are required to notify our office if you are receiving any type of additional resources. Additional resources are used in determining a student's eligibility for federal aid as required by the Department of Education. Examples of additional resources include employer tuition reimbursement, outside gift assistance, and employer assistance programs, etc. Please be sure to notify the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible if you receive additional resources.

You will be contacted to complete any missing required documents in future correspondence. Funds will not be disbursed until all eligibility and missing document requirements are satisfied. Provided that all requirements are satisfied, the Office of Financial Aid will disburse awarded funds to student’s accounts no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of classes.

Summer, study away, and visiting away students have different eligibility requirements; please visit their pages for specific details. For more detailed information on federal student aid eligibility, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.