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If you want to receive financial aid as an online student, you’ll need to meet a few eligibility requirements. Find out whether you qualify and how to keep your eligibility.

Explore the Requirements

Below are the general eligibility guidelines for receiving financial aid at CMU. You may need to meet additional requirements for specific scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Once you’ve reviewed the general requirements, we encourage you to submit the FAFSA and apply for scholarships. That’s the best way to find out exactly how much you qualify for.

  1. To receive financial aid at CMU, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, sign all certification statements, and cannot be in default on a federal loan or owe a refund or repayment on any federal or state program.
  2. Your financial aid award is based on regular admission to an eligible degree or certificate-granting program of study. Guest students are not eligible for aid from CMU. Students who have been admitted on a conditional, provisional, or non-degree basis are not eligible for aid unless they are enrolled in our teacher certification program or completing prerequisite coursework for regular admission to a CMU graduate program.
  3. Your award(s) is based on full-time enrollment. If you enroll less than full-time, your aid may be reduced or canceled.
  4. CMU Online students are not eligible for campus-based CMU scholarship programs. However, we offer a variety of scholarships specifically for online students.
  5. You must make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree to remain eligible for financial aid.
  6. Your award is contingent on the accuracy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are asked to supply additional documentation to support your application, you must do so.
  7. Your award may be adjusted if we receive information that affects your eligibility. For example, if you receive additional aid beyond what was listed on your award notice, we may reduce your award package.