Each type of financial aid (program) has specific requirements regarding enrollment status. In general, SFA uses the following undergraduate enrollment criteria to determine eligibility for financial aid programs it administers:

Credits Per Term/Semester Enrollment Status Classification
12 + Full time
9 – 11 Three-quarter time
6 – 8 Half time
1 – 5 Less than half time

 

Graduate students enrolled in 9 or more credits are considered full-time students, and graduate students enrolled between 5 and 8 credits are considered half-time student for financial aid eligibility purposes.

As a rule your financial aid package is originally based on full-time enrollment and the Office of SFA uses your enrollment status on the first day after drop/add period (usually the 8th day of the semester) to determine your financial aid eligibility. Adjustments to your financial aid awards may be required if you enroll less-than full time. Also, only courses leading to your degree requirements may be included in your enrollment status for Title IV (federal) student aid eligibility.

Developmental Courses

Developmental courses do not count toward the student’s degree requirements; however, students may receive financial aid up to 30 developmental or remedial credits. Developmental course credits in excess of 30 cannot be calculated as enrolled hours for financial aid purposes.

Preparatory Coursework

Students may receive certain financial aid programs when taking preparatory coursework required for enrollment in a graduate or professional program; however, the course of study to complete the preparatory coursework may not exceed 12 consecutive months.

Repeated Coursework

Classes that a student is repeating may be included when determining the student’s enrollment status for Title IV (federal) student aid eligibility purposes as long as it is not a result of:

1.      More than one repetition of a previously passed course, or

2.      Any repetition of a previously passed course due to the student failing other coursework.

Professional Staff Development Courses

Professional staff development courses (560 – 564 S/U or CR/NC series) do not count toward the student’s degree requirements; therefore, they cannot be calculated as enrolled hours for financial aid eligibility purposes.

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