Coursework in Program of Study

Financial Aid and Courses That Count in a Students Program of Study

Federal regulations stipulate that a student may only receive US Federal Title IV Funds for courses that count towards their degree or certificate. To comply with this regulation, institutions must track the courses that a student is registered for that count towards their degree or certificate program.

"If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential, they cannot be used to determine enrollment status unless they are eligible remedial courses. This means financial aid cannot award the student aid for classes that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential." (2016-17 Federal Student Aid Handbook page 1-18)

CCC tracks the courses students are registered for and ensures they count towards their degree or certificate program.
 

Enrollment Status Types

12+ credits/semester     — Full Time Enrollment Status
9 – 11 credits/semester — Three Quarter Time Enrollment Status
6 – 8 credits/semester   — Half Time Enrollment Status
1 – 5 credits/semester   — Less Than Half Time Enrollment Status

 

Q & A on Courses That Count in a Students Program of Study