Ability to Benefit from Financial Aid
Federal regulations require that students have an ‘Ability-To-Benefit’ from post-secondary education before they can receive federal financial aid, which typically refers to earning a high school diploma or equivalent, being enrolled in a degree seeking program, and not concurrently enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
The Federal Student Aid Handbook, Volume 1- Student Eligibility, states:
"A person must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program in order to receive Federal Student Aid funds. A regular student is someone who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible institution for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate offered by the school."
This handbook provides the following 'Basic Student Eligibility Issues’:
- must be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible program
- cannot also be enrolled in elementary or secondary school
- must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- must make satisfactory progress
- must meet enrollment status requirements
- must have resolved any drug conviction issues
The regulatory citation for these basic student eligibility issues is the Code of Federal Regulations, CFR 668.32.
At the University of Kansas, a student must be admitted as degree-seeking, self-certify on the FAFSA that s/he has a high school diploma, GED or was home-schooled, and submit all required documentation to the KU Office of Admissions.
If a student is admitted to KU and we learn that the student didn't actually complete High School, this becomes conflicting information and therefore the student would lose Financial Aid eligibility until s/he documents eligibility based on federal regulations.
The student will lose federal aid eligibility until the student can provide documentation to satisfy this eligibility requirement. If the student does not submit required documentation and aid has disbursed, student must repay aid.