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Qualifying for Financial Aid

As a distance learner, you are eligible for the same financial aid packages offered to on-campus students provided you have been formally admitted into the University.

To remain eligible for financial aid, you must:

  • Gain admittance to the University as a “regular” degree-seeking student.  Federal regulations do not allow students to receive financial aid if admitted as “special,” which means that you are not working toward a degree.  Contact Admissions to change your status.
  • Carry a minimum of six credits of coursework per semester.  
  • Enroll in at least six online and/or on-campus credits in addition to any guided and self-directed study courses you may take. 
  • Pre-register each semester to avoid delays in receiving financial aid.
  • Maintain sufficient credits for your financial aid status.  For example, if you receive aid as a full-time student, you must carry a full-credit load.
  • Complete all coursework, including Extended Learning coursework, within the beginning and ending dates of each semester. 


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