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General Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet minimum general eligibility requirements to be eligible to receive financial aid.  A student must:

For most programs, be an U.S. citizen, or eligible non-citizen.
(State programs may have different requirements).

Have a high-school diploma, GED or California Proficiency Exam certificate or pass the Ability to Benefit examination requirements.

Be enrolled in an eligible program of study for completing an AA/AS degree, transfer requirements or certificate program.

May not be in default on any federal student loan or owe a refund on any federal grant.

Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements for financial aid.

Demonstrate financial need according to the federal formula (Federal Methodology), and submit all requested documents to complete your file.

Use financial aid funds for educational purposes

If you are a male who is between the ages of 18 to 25, you must be registered with Selective Service
Selective Service Office:   1-847-688-6888 or website:
Santa Ana College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at: