Ability to Benefit
Students who meet one of the qualifications listed below have demonstrated the ability to benefit from a college education in accordance with applicable Federal Regulations.
- Receive a high school diploma or recognized equivalent of a high school diploma. The following are recognized equivalent:
- A General Educational Development Certificate (GED)
- A State certificate received by a student after the student has passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma
- An academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least two-year program that is acceptable for full credit towards a bachelor's degree
- Homeschool: The student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschooled setting that is treated as a homeschool or private school under State law and has obtained a homeschooled completion credential, or, if State law does not require a homeschool student to obtain a homeschool credential, the student has completed a secondary school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory school attendance requirements under State law.
Note: Students who do not have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent or do not meet the home school requirements, and who first enroll in a program of study on or after July 1, 2012, will not be eligible to receive Title IV student aid. Students will qualify for Title IV student aid under one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives if the student was enrolled in a Title IV eligible program of study prior to July 1, 2012. Those alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six (6) credit hours of postsecondary education.