Admissions and Programs

IDS Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is dedicated to assisting students with their financial needs. However, students should be aware that acceptance into the IDS program is not a guarantee of qualification for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of need to eligible students.

There are two primary types of financial aid: federal and private.

To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must: be a U. S. citizen, U.S. nationals (includes natives of American Samoa and Swain's Island) or U.S. permanent residents who have an I-151, I-551, or I551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card). Other eligible non-citizens include students who have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service with one of the following designations: Refugee; Asylum Granted; Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole; Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending); or Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980). Students who have only a "Notice to Apply for Permanent Residence" (I-171 or I-464) are not eligible for federal student aid.

To be eligible for private financial aid, students must have a cosigner who is either a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

All United States citizens or eligible non-citizen students are encouraged to apply for assistance. The Financial Aid Office will mail application materials to all eligible students who are accepted. The financial aid staff conducts a need analysis and provides comprehensive financial guidance for every student applying for financial aid.