Eligibility and Application

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for federal student aid, you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements for most programs are as follows:

  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a college education by
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate; or
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law);
  • Have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.  PLEASE NOTE: The citizenship status you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must match with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If your citizenship does not match with the Social Security Administration you will be required to update your information with the SSA and/or provide a copy of original documentation in person to the Financial Aid Office before Federal Aid can be disbursed.
  • Be accepted in an eligible degree program (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate).
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program; be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Federal Direct Loans.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree.
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required to do so; if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • You have not been incarcerated, have a conviction for a drug offense, or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment after completing a period of incarceration for a sexual offense, if so your eligibility for federal student aid may be limited.
  • Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; 

 Additional information is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

The Application Process

After applying for admission to the University, students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must be completed annually for financial aid through completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the FAFSA website. When completing the FAFSA you will need to enter Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University school code 001479. By listing ERAU (Title IV School Code: 001479) as one of your school choices, we will receive your information electronically for processing. The FAFSA application is available October 1 of every year.  For more information on Federal Student Aid, please review The Guide to Federal Student Aid.

Academic Eligibility to Maintain Financial Aid Eligibility

In order to maintain Financial Aid eligibility, you must understand all polices pertaining to Federal Financial Aid. Please review the policies below to have a better understanding of the specific requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Standards of Academic Progress

Federal regulations require Embry-Riddle to define minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Embry-Riddle must set certain quantitative and qualitative standards to ensure you are progressing toward degree completion. If you do not meet the Standards of Academic Progress, you will not be able to receive financial aid.

  • The qualitative standard is your grade point average (GPA).
  • This requirement is explained in detail in the University catalog under the Academic Regulations and Procedures section.
  • If you are suspended, dismissed, or not permitted to continue your enrollment, you will not be able to receive financial aid.
  • There are two quantitative standards. First, you must successfully complete 67% of the courses you attempt. Grades A, B, C, D, and P are considered successfully completed. Second, the overall time it takes to complete your program is considered.
  • You are allowed 150% of the length of your program to complete your degree. The maximum number of credits you could attempt depends on your degree program.
  • These maximum credit hours may vary depending on your specific program. If you change degrees or are a transfer student, the maximum credit hours may be extended by the number of credit hours required to complete your degree.
  • The Standards of Academic Progress is reviewed once each academic year and are updated at the end of the last term in academic year. For Worldwide programs the academic year ends with the last term of a track (see Financial Aid Tracks for terms associated with Tracks). The April and May Terms are optional terms and are not calculated until the following academic year. If you are failing the Standards of Academic Progress and have questions please contact a Financial Aid Counselor toll free 866-567-7202.

Consequences of Withdrawal

Students who withdraw, receive an “F” for *non-attendance or *non-participation from all of their classes are subject to the Return of Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs Policy. Please review the Return of Title IV Funds Policy as it contains important information for students who withdraw or *ceases to attend all registered classes with in a term and receive Financial Aid. The Embry-Riddle Return of Title IV Funds Policy and Standards of Academic Progress, in accordance with federal regulations, will determine the amount of financial aid funds to be returned.

Scholarship funds will be reversed in their entirety for any student that drops/withdrawals/audits a course associated with a Worldwide Scholarship. Any balance created from the reversal will be the student’s responsibility.

*If a student ceases to attend ALL registered classes and/or ceases to participate in an academically related activity at any point during their Term of enrollment the faculty will use their discretion to assign an appropriate grade and supporting last date of attendance. For more information please review Student Services & Academic Affairs policies and procedures.

Repeated Courses and Financial Aid Eligibility

Federal regulation limits the number of times a student may repeat a course and receive financial aid for that course.

  • A student may receive aid for repeating a previously passed course as long it is the first repeat of the course and is required in your program.
  • A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed or withdrawn from regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed. (Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy still applies).
  • A student may receive aid to repeat a previously passed course one additional time. If a student fails the second attempt, no more financial aid will be given to repeat the course a third time. If the second attempt is a withdrawal, then it is allowable for a third attempt.
  • When a student has completed any course twice with a grade (A, B, C, or D); he or she is no longer eligible to receive aid for that course. If a student retakes a course that is not aid eligible, the credit hours will be excluded from the financial aid enrollment for that term.


  1st Attempt 2nd Attempt/
1st repeat
3rd Attempt/
2nd repeat
4th Attempt/
3rd repeat
Is class eligible for Financial Aid?
Course 1 F D Enrolled ---- Yes
Course 2 C Enrolled ---- ---- Yes
Course 3 D C Enrolled ---- No
Course 4 D F Enrolled ---- No
Course 5 W F F Enrolled Yes
Course 6 W F D Enrolled Yes

Explanation of the Above Examples:

Course 1: Yes, these credits are included in the financial aid enrollment because the student is allowed to repeat any failed or withdrawn course until a passing grade is received. Once a passing grade is received, financial aid can pay for the course one more time (one repeat). If a grade of A, B, C, or D is made on the third attempt; the course will not count again in the calculation for financial aid enrollment.

Course 2: Yes, these credits may be counted, even though it was previously passed, because it is the first time the class is being repeated.

Course 3: No, this course was previously passed twice and this is the third attempt. Two attempts are the maximum attempts these credits can count toward financial aid enrollment, because the course has been previously passed.

Course 4: No, the class credits are no longer considered for financial aid eligibility because it has been previously passed, and this is the second time it is being repeated.

Course 5: Yes, because this course has never been passed so it may still be counted toward financial aid enrollment.

Course 6: Yes, because this course has only been passed once and the 4th attempt will be considered the 2nd attempt if he passes the class.