A correspondence course is a home study course offered by a school under which instructional and examination materials are provided to students who are not physically attending classes.
Differences for Correspondence Courses
There are several differences between correspondence courses and regular courses taught on campus for students wishing to apply for and receive financial aid. These are listed below:
- Students must be enrolled in a correspondence course that leads to or is counted toward an Associates or Bachelors Degree.
- Students enrolled in a certificate program are not eligible for Federal Student Aid Funds.
- The Cost of Attendance for correspondence courses is restricted to tuition and fees only.
- A student taking all correspondence courses is considered half-time for Pell Grant calculation purposes regardless of the number of correspondence courses they take.
- Students must complete the correspondence course(s) within the regular school term, (i.e. fall, spring semester). If the student fails to complete the course they will be placed on “Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Suspension”.
- Students enrolled entirely in correspondence courses will not be disbursed Federal Financial Aid until final grades are posted.
- Correspondence courses added after the 11th class day will not be included in your total hours of enrollment for Financial Aid purposes.
- Correspondence courses are not counted toward Institutional Scholarships requirements.
Please check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or the Center for Regional Programs if you have additional questions.