New Rules for Financial Aid Eligibility


The “FEDS” say no aid for non-essential courses.

The U.S. Department of Education has tightened rules for financial aid eligibility.  For courses to count for financial aid purposes, they must be required for graduation and be part of a student’s academic program.

Students can no longer take courses just to increase the amount of their financial aid.  The College’s computer system “knows” what courses are required, and will base the amount of financial aid only on those courses.  A student may be enrolled in nine credit hours, but if a three-credit hour course is not required for the declared program, the computer will calculate aid on six credit hours only.

Changes of major, catalog year changes and course requirement substitutions must be made by Friday of the first week of the semester to be recognized for financial aid purposes for the current semester.

It is the student’s responsibility to know what courses are required for the declared academic program.  To view your declared program and required classes students can look at their degree audit on Self Service.

If you have any questions as to what classes are required for your major, it is imperative that you consult with you academic advisor, success coach in the Student Achievement Center, or your core advisor.