It all starts with filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office of the school you are attending determines the amount of aid you are eligible to receive based upon the information you provide on the FAFSA.

This one form not only determines Pell Grant eligibility, but also Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, College Work Study, and determines whether you are eligible to receive student loans.  

In order to receive financial aid you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have financial need

  • Be enrolled in a degree program

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required

  • Not be in default of a loan, or owe a repayment of any aid received

The earlier you fill out the FAFSA the better in order to determine eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant, which can be filled out or renewed EVERY year in October. You may also qualify for a Rhode Island Higher Education Grant.

Click the link below to see a video and to learn more about FA.

You can start the process online at  OR, you can make an appointment to see a counselor at the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).


Foreign Documents

Foreign documents and school transcripts must be translated and evaluated. You can contact the Center for Educational Evaluation (CED) to start this process. 

Center for Educational Evaluation