Taking Coursework Not Required for Your Current DMACC Program
Federal regulations outline that a student may only receive financial aid funds for courses that count towards their current DMACC degree/certificate. To comply with this regulation, DMACC must track the courses that a student is registered for and ensure that they count towards their current DMACC degree, diploma, or certificate program.
The DMACC Financial Aid Department will routinely review a student’s coursework each term. If a student is taking coursework that is not needed to graduate from their current DMACC program, the student’s financial aid may be adjusted. This means that a student may receive less aid because he or she is taking such courses at DMACC. It is very important that students receiving financial aid be enrolled in courses that are needed for their current DMACC program.
Important Guidance and Regulation
To be eligible for Title IV aid, 34 CFR 668.32(a)(1)(i) requires the student to be a regular student. A regular student is defined in 34 CFR 600.2 as an individual enrolled or accepted for enrollment, for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential offered by the school. This means that a student must be enrolled in an eligible DMACC program.
If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential (such as a diploma), they cannot be used to determine enrollment status unless they are eligible remedial (developmental) courses. This means (DMACC) cannot award the student aid for classes that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential at DMACC.
If the student has been admitted to DMACC as a regular student, he or she can receive Title IV aid to pay for remedial or developmental courses even if taking only remedial courses before taking any regular courses within the program. There is a limit on the number of remedial courses for which he or she can receive federal financial aid--that is, up to 30 total credit hours per federal regulation 668.20(d).
Frequently Asked Questions
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What if I’m considering two or more degrees/diplomas/certificates at DMACC?
If DMACC allows a student to be considered dual degree seeking and both degrees/diplomas/certificates are eligible programs, a student will receive financial aid based on the coursework which applies to either programs.
Can I receive financial aid for remedial or developmental coursework?
A student may receive financial aid for up to a total of 30 remedial or developmental credits assuming he or she is admitted as a regular degree, diploma, or certificate seeking student in an eligible program.
Can I receive financial aid for a “pre” program at DMACC (for example, entering “pre-nursing”)?
Students registered in pre-program at DMACC are actually admitted into the Associate in General Studies degree. If a student is taking coursework required for the Associate in General Studies, he or she may receive financial aid.
I’ve already graduated from DMACC, can I receive financial aid for additional courses before I transfer to another college?
Once a student has completed a degree/diploma/certificate, they will not be eligible for financial aid unless they are pursuing a new program at DMACC. If they are pursuing a new program and the coursework they are enrolled in applies to the new program at DMACC, they may still be financial aid eligible.
I’ve received a degree from another college. How will that impact my financial aid eligibility?
Prior degrees must be evaluated to determine what coursework a student has completed as it relates to their current program of study at DMACC. If coursework from a prior degree can be transferred in, it may reduce the number of required courses needed at DMACC and may impact a student’s financial eligibility. If a student has already completed the same or similar degree as the one they are current admitted to at DMACC, they will not be eligible for any financial aid.
How do I know if I’m taking courses not required for my program?
The DMACC Financial Aid Department will notify financial aid students if there are any courses not applicable towards there program which results in a change of their financial aid eligibility. The DMACC Financial Aid Office will not be identifying the specific courses and students should meet with their Academic Advisors to review their program and current courses.
Are my courses evaluated based on my current DMACC program, or a future program that I plan to start?
Financial aid is based on a student’s current DMACC program. If coursework does not directly apply towards a student’s current DMACC program, financial aid will not be available for that coursework.
If I’m taking some courses that are required for my program, and some that are not, how will that impact my financial aid?
Financial Aid can only be based on the coursework applicable toward the student’s current DMACC program. It is very possible that student could be taking both required and non-required courses for their current DMACC program. In this case, a student’s financial aid eligibility will only be based on their required coursework.
Will DMACC automatically withdrawal me from courses that do not apply to my program of study?
No. DMACC will not automatically withdrawal students from coursework not applicable towards their current DMACC program. If a student is taking coursework that is not needed, they are responsible to withdrawal or cover any unpaid charges.
If it is determined that I’m taking courses not required for my DMACC program, can I appeal this decision?
No. Under federal regulations, financial aid is only allowed to pay for coursework applicable to a student’s current program of study at DMACC.
I have been informed that I’m taking coursework not required for my current DMACC program. How can I fix this?
If you feel an error has been made, you should contact the Financial Aid Office, Academic Advising, or Admissions to discuss the issue. If no error has been made and you are simply enrolled for coursework not applicable towards your current DMACC program, you should meet with your DMACC Academic Advisor to discuss possible revisions of your academic plan or program.