The Federal and State governments have mandated that all students receiving financial aid must take courses that apply to their programs. Schools will be held accountable to make sure students are taking the proper courses and could lose their ability to offer financial aid to students if they do not comply with this regulation.
They may. Only courses that are required in your Program are eligible for financial aid. If you received a grade of 'D-"or higher in any of your excluded courses they will be viewed as completed requirements and will be used again (when determining financial aid) if there is room in your new Program. The only exception is explained in FAQ #5.
Students graduate from Monroe Community College in a Program, not in a Major. A Program is what has been approved by the State Education Department, such as LA04 Liberal Arts and Sciences - General Studies. Under the Liberal Arts Program there are many Majors, which are essentially advisement sequences or specific 2 + 2 requirements that a student follows for transfer to a four-year school. Majors will often require additional courses than the Program they are under requires.
Not necessarily. Once you complete the requirements for your Program, financial aid will not cover additional courses that you might need for your Major (advisement sequence or 2+2 requirements). You may still want to complete the additional courses, but you will be responsible to pay for them. Careful planning with an advisor upon matriculation or after a program change may help you navigate around this problem. If you are almost finished with your program and get a registration error message, please see an advisor.
You will receive financial aid for all courses with 'F' grades if you have not previously taken the course. You will receive financial aid for courses with a 'C-' and lower if your program says you must have a grade of 'C' or higher for that course or as a prerequisite for a course that is required in your program (STATE AID only - TAP/APTS). Federal aid (PELL/loans) will not pay for a course to be repeated more than one time (withdrawing does NOT count as your one time repeat) regardless of the program or pre-requisite requirements.
These are courses that prepare you to complete a required course successfully. They may or may not be required as part of your program.
Yes, the federal and state governments consider these preparatory classes for successful completion of college level courses. However, you must follow federal and state financial aid guidelines.
If you are in your in your last semester and need fewer than 12 credits to complete your program, you must register for the required courses and may, if you wish, register for any additional courses totaling 12 credits or more and receive State aid (TAP/APTS). This is called a Last Term Exemption. You must also file an Intent to Graduate application upon registering for your last semester and check the box for the Last Term exemption.
Note: You may also use the Last Term Exemption for part-time State aid (APTS).
No. You may only use one Last Term Exemption for the same degree. If you still have courses to take to complete your requirements because you failed a course or courses in your last semester, only those specific courses that are required in your program will be eligible for financial aid.
You will see that your financial aid package includes the additional courses.
You will only receive financial aid for courses in your program and your financial aid award package will be reduced to reflect the number of courses you are taking that do apply to your program.
You will receive an electronic message when you register for courses online indicating if a course does not meet the financial requirements and an explanation as to why it doesn't. You will also receive an email that some or all of your courses do not meet financial aid requirements.
No. Part time students must adhere to the same guidelines.
You will need to readjust the courses within your program and take courses that do count for financial aid. Otherwise you will be responsible for payment for all courses that do not meet program requirements.
No. You may not drop classes for financial aid eligibility reasons once school has begun; you will be charged the regular fee if you drop classes according to the college catalog guidelines.