Courses in Program of Study (CPOS)
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The U.S. Department of Education regulations require that a student must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program to receive federal financial aid at Bristol Community College. Essentially, only the coursework that counts toward your degree will be used in determining your hours of enrollment for federal aid purposes (grants, loans, and Federal Work-Study).
Students enrolling in courses that are not required to complete their degree could see their financial aid prorated and/or cancelled as required by the Department of Education.
Offered and accepted financial aid will be applied to the account balance owed when the funds are authorized. The balance could include tuition for a course that is not eligible. Financial aid funds are disbursed (paid) after enrollment verification. Financial aid authorized anticipated aid when the billing cycle starts each semester. Financial aid is updated to reflect enrollment changes frequently leading up to the financial aid freeze date.
For example: a student is enrolled in 9 hours and only 6 are eligible; it is possible for the financial aid to cover tuition for eligible hours and have enough excess to pay for the 3-hours course that is not eligible. Always review financial aid offers within accessBCC to see the whole picture.
Electives, development (also called remedial), and concentration courses all can count as long as they are required for the program of study.
If the prerequisite is listed as a required course for your program, the course will be eligible.
Yes, students may take a course that is not required. Just know that the course will not count toward the financial aid enrollment status.
No, only courses that count toward your program at Bristol can be counted for student aid.
Students can adjust their schedules up until the end of the Add/Drop period. Registration changes are reflected in Degree Works following the nightly refresh and if changes are made, the Financial Aid Office will review and update awards.
In most cases, full-time enrollment is not required. Half-time is required for student loans, and half-time, or even less-than-half-time, may be sufficient to receive federal aid.
Full-time = 12 hours or more, Three-Quarter-time = 9-11 hours, Half-time = 6-8 hours, Less-than-half-time = <6 hours
If students have questions as to why a course is not applying to their program of study, they should meet with their assigned advisor. Students can find their assigned advisor noted on their Degree Works worksheet.
If advisors have questions regarding program requirements, they should reach out to the specific program contact for clarification. Contact information for Program Chairs and Coordinators can be found within the Academic Catalog.
If something doesn’t look right in Degree Works or there’s an error, you can reach out to Sarah Kocur (Sarah.Kocur@BristolCC.edu) within the Registrar’s Office for assistance.