• Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school. Everyone must meet the basic requirements to qualify for federal student aid; but additional eligibility requirements apply for some people and some situations. The general eligibility requirements include that you have financial need, are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at your college or career school, and more. Make sure you’re familiar with our basic eligibility criteria and ask a college financial aid office if you have any questions about whether you qualify.