Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

General Eligibility Requirements


General Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid

To be eligible for federal, state, or institutional student aid programs at Granite State College, students must meet the following minimum general eligibility requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (with a few international exceptions allowed by law)
  • Males between the age of 18 and 25 must register or be registered with the Selective Service
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent or have been home-schooled in a setting approved by state law
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Not have or have resolved any drug conviction that occurred while receiving federal student aid
  • Do not owe a refund on a federal grant or in default status on a federal student loan
  • Be accepted as a regular student working toward an eligible degree or post-baccalaureate certificate program
  • Be enrolled at-least half time during any term (except for Pell Grant eligibility)
  • Not be receiving federal or state financial aid from another institution for the same enrollment period


Eligibility Requirements for Advanced Book Funds

Federal aid (Pell, SEOG, Stafford, PLUS, Grad PLUS) recipients may be eligible to receive funds before the start of the term to cover the average cost for books and supplies ($150 per registered class) if, after direct charges have been paid, there is a remaining credit balance on the student account.

To be eligible, a student must be registered for classes and have aid ready to be disbursed at the time the Advanced Funds process runs 10-days prior to the term start.

Checks are mailed the Tuesday prior to the start of the term. Direct deposits are made the Wednesday prior to the start of the term.

Students who have a previous account balance are not eligible for Advanced Funds.

Students are responsible for repayment of funds if they drop from any or all coursework. Students may opt out of this process by submitting the Opt Out of Advanced Funds form. 

To receive the Advanced Funds you must meet the following conditions by the 10th day prior to the start of the term:

  1. Be eligible for federal student aid
  2. Your federal aid is ready to disburse
  3. Be registered for classes
  4. Have a credit balance after covering the cost of tuition and fees
  5. Do not have a prior balance due on your account.

If you do not meet the above conditions any credit balance will be issued to you no earlier than two weeks after the add/drop period for the term.

To increase your chances of qualifying for the advanced funds we recommend you submit all required documents by the financial aid preferred deadline.

Additional Requirements for Financial Aid Application Processing

The Office of Financial Aid will notify you by mail, email, and/or WebROCK if additional documentation is required. Please check your WebROCK account often for updates.


A financial aid student may be chosen for verification by the U. S. Department of Education Central Processing System (CPS) or by Granite State College. Federal regulations require verification to be completed for some applicants. The purpose of verification is to maintain the integrity of federal financial aid programs by verifying the information provided by students and parents on financial aid applications. If you are selected for verification, you may be required to submit the following documentation:

  • Tax Documents
  • Child Support Paid
  • Number of Household Members
  • Number in College
  • Identity and Statement of Education Purpose
  • High School Completion
  • Untaxed Income
  • SNAP Benefit

Additional documents may include spouse’s signed tax return transcript if married but did not file jointly, Non Tax Filer Statement if no taxes were filed, W2s, tax schedules, attachments, Income Verification, signed statements, etc. You will be notified via mail, email, and/or WebROCK of the documentation you will be required to submit.

Tax Documentation

If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the Department of Education or Granite State College, we strongly encourage you to import your tax information to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval tool.  If you elected not to use the feature when you first completed the FAFSA you may go back into your FAFSA and retrieve your tax date via the correction process.  This will be the simplest and fasted way to satisfy the requirement.  GSC will receive your updated information within 72 hours.

If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval process, you will be required to obtain and submit to GSC your IRS Tax Transcript.  You can download a transcript, free of charge, by going to If you request one by mail you can expect to receive your Tax Return Transcript within 5-10 days after the IRS receives your request.

If a student or parent was granted a filing extension by the IRS, contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on required documentation.

Documentation submitted to the Office of Financial Aid must be legible and have student identifiers attached (Student ID, etc).  If the student submits a document which is not legible, appropriate or incomplete, then the requirement is considered incomplete and the student is notified to resubmit.

Conflicting Information

Your FAFSA application may also contain conflicting information that requires resolution. You are required to submit the appropriate documentation and/or additional information requested to resolve the conflict.  Additional documentation, may include, but not limited to a copy of your SSN card, alien registration card, driver’s license and/or Selective Service information.

Documentation submitted to the Office of Financial Aid must be legible and have student identifiers attached (student id, etc.). If the student submits a document which is not legible, appropriate or incomplete, then the requirement is considered incomplete and the student is notified to resubmit.