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


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 are required to submit the following documentation:

If your 2014-2015 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. If you elected not to use this feature when you first completed the FAFSA you may go back into your FAFSA and retrieve your tax data via the correction process. This will be the simplest and fastest way to satisfy the requirement. GSC will receive your updated information from FAFSA 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 2013 IRS Tax Return Transcript. You can request a transcript, free of charge, by going to, or by downloading a paper request form from the IRS website. You can expect to receive your Tax Return Transcripts within 5-10 days after the IRS receives your request.

Independent Students' Required Documents
  • Student may choose the option to import his or her IRS tax data on the FAFSA, or submit his or her IRS tax transcript.
  • If taxes were not filed, student should submit the Non-Tax Filer statement.  (W2s are required if an income from work is identified.)
  • Independent Verification form
Additional documents may include spouse’s signed tax forms 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.
Dependent Students' Required Documents
  • Student may choose the option to import his or her IRS tax data on the FAFSA, or submit his or her IRS tax transcript.
  • Parent may choose the option to import his or her IRS tax data on the FAFSA, or submit his or her IRS tax transcript.
  • Non-tax filer statement for parent and/or student if taxes were not filed (W2s are required if a an income from work is identified)
  • Dependent Verification form
Additional documents may include student and/or parent’s W2s, tax schedules, attachments, Income Verification, signed statements, etc.


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 still incomplete and the student is notified to resubmit.


Tax Documents
An official IRS tax transcript is the only acceptable form to satisfy required tax documents. A tax transcript may be obtained by contacting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at (800) 908-9446.

Granite State College will not accept alternative documentation for verification if a student or the parent of a dependent student was granted a filing extension by the IRS and has not filed his or her tax return at the time of verification.
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 in order to resolve your FAFSA. Additional documentation, may include, but not limited to:
  • A copy of your SSN card
  • An alien registration card
  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • Selective Service information


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