Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for financial aid at UQ, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program (i.e. bachelor's, master's by coursework or research program, MPhil or PhD)
  • Have a:
    • high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate,
    • pass an Ability-To-Benefit (ATB) test approved by the US Department of Education,
    • meet other standards your State establishes that the Department approves,
    • complete a high school education in a homeschool (US) setting that is treated as such under US State law, or
    • have satisfactorily completed six credit hours or the equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate.
  • Be enrolled internally at UQ, on-campus (distance, external or online courses don't qualify)
  • Agree to and maintain Financial Aid satisfactory academic progress
  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States
  • Not be in default on any education loan or owe a refund on an education grant
  • Free of convictions of any offence under US State or Federal law involving the sale or possession of a controlled substance
  • Be in compliance with Selective Service Registration requirements if you are male and between the ages of 18-25
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • For PLUS loans, the borrower must also pass a credit check as required by the US Department of Education
  • Submit all documentation required by UQ to verify your eligibility and determine your financial need.

 Please note:

  • All non-Australian citizens must also comply with the conditions of your relevant visa (Australian Immigration/visa legislation)
  • Nursing programs are ineligible for US Federal funding. This includes bachelor's and master's degrees
  • Certificate, diploma, postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma programs are ineligible for the Direct Loan Program
  • If undertaking a research program, aid cannot be awarded if you undertake your research in the US
  • It is a requirement under the Australian ESOS Act that all international students are enrolled full-time
  • To comply with US Department of Education Regulations, MD applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents, or nationals must submit MCAT results with their UQ application.

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