Determining Enrollment for Financial Aid Purposes

Enrollment Levels


Enrollment for financial aid purposes is determined by the number of eligible credit hours a student is registered for and is defined as follows:

  • FT (full time) 12 or more credit hours
  • QT (3/4 time) 9 – 11 credit hours
  • HT (half time) 6 – 8 credit hours
  • LT (less than half time) under 6 credit hours

Courses in Program of Study


Only classes that are required for the student’s declared program of study at EFSC, prerequisites for required classes within the student’s declared program of study at EFSC, and developmental classes can be included when determining enrollment status for financial aid purposes. There is a limit of a maximum of 30 combined attempted credit hours for developmental and perquisite coursework.


Audited Courses, Continuing Education and Credit by Examination


Audited courses, continuing education, and credit by examination do not qualify for federal or state financial aid.


Developmental, Prerequisite & English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Coursework


A maximum of 30 combined attempted credit hours of developmental coursework, prerequisite coursework required for required classes within a student’s declared program of study at EFSC, and EAP hours can be included when determining eligibility for financial aid.


Repeating Previously Passed Coursework


A course in which a grade of “A”, “B” or “C” has been earned will not be included in enrollment for financial aid purposes if the course is repeated unless the course is designated in the academic catalog as repeatable and is applying to the student’s elective degree requirements.

A grade of “D” is a passing grade for financial aid purposes regardless of any other policy requiring a higher grade. Only one repeat of a course in which a grade of “D” has been earned may be included in enrollment for financial aid purposes. A grade of “W” counts as the one allowable repeat of previously passed coursework; if a student earns a “D” in a course and subsequently withdraws from a repeat of the same course, no future attempts will be included in financial aid enrollment.

Please also refer to the Academic Policies regarding Grade Forgiveness (Repeating Courses) and Maximum Attempts per Course.