"The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (Pub. L.
113-235) was enacted on December 16, 2014. The new law changed section
484(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to allow a
student who does not have a high school diploma (or its recognized equivalent),
or who did not complete a secondary school education in a homeschool setting,
to be eligible for Title IV, HEA student assistance (Title IV aid) through ability to
benefit (ATB) alternatives, but only if the student is enrolled in an "eligible
career pathway program” as defined in section 484(d)(2) of the HEA and
discussed more fully below."
This means that students without a high school diploma or secondary school credential are now eligible to apply for financial aid only if they are enrolled in an eligible career pathway program. For the definition of an eligible career pathway program and additional guidance, read the full letter.