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Credit/Clock Hour Conversion Programs

Financial aid is calculated differently for a select few programs. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details.

Students enrolled in one of the following programs may receive less federal student aid than the amounts indicated on their award letters:

Diploma Programs

  • D35100    Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
  • D55140    Cosmetology
  • D35130    Electrical Systems Technology
  • D45740    Surgical Technology
  • D50420    Welding Technology

Certificate Programs

Determination of enrollment status for federal student aid is different because these programs include one or more courses that cannot be counted towards the completion of two-year Associate degree programs. Enrollment status for these programs involves determining for each course the clock/contact hours a student may sit for each semester. For Fall/Spring semesters, the total lecture and lab contact hours are multiplied by 16 then divided by 37.5 to obtain the number of converted credit hours. For summer semester, the total lecture and lab hours are multiplied by 8 then divided by 37.5. The converted credits are then used to determine the enrollment status of students.

What This May Mean To You

The Federal Pell Grant reflected in an award letter is based on pre-converted enrollment in credit hours. Students who are in one of the programs listed above would need to be enrolled in at least 23 to 24 contact hours to receive a federal student aid awards based on full-time status. Anything less than at least 23 to 24 contact hours will result in a reduction in federal student aid eligibility.
Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll in one of these programs should contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with additional questions.