Eligibility Requirements


You may be eligible to receive financial aid if you:

  • are a matriculated student, whether full-time or part-time;
  • are enrolled in an eligible program that is at least one year long and leads to a degree or certificate (some exceptions apply);
  • have registered with the Selective Service (if required to do so);
  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • are not attending an elementary or secondary school;
  • are a United States citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • are not in default of any federal loan program; and do not owe a refund on any federal grant program.

For the Direct and PLUS loan programs, you must be enrolled at least half time (six credit hours).

For a Pell Grant, you must be a fully admitted, degree-seeking student enrolled in one or more credit hours.


In general, eligible programs must be at least one year in length and must lead to a degree or certificate. Eligible one-year programs must provide training to prepare students for “recognized occupations” as defined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. LBCC does have some less-than-one-year certificate programs that are aid eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. 


For complicated eligibility questions, please contact the financial aid office.  It is recommended that you meet with a financial aid advisor during an available drop-in time.  Click here for the drop-in hours.