In order to meet U.S. Department of Education standards for the financial aid eligibility, courses must be at least at the high school level academically and be included as part of the curriculum for an associate degree or certificate of achievement. Certificates must be at least 16 credit hours and prepare the student for gainful employment to qualify for financial aid. Noncredit courses and programs are also not eligible for financial aid.

Students must enroll in at least 6 credits or eligible courses to receive a loan.

The following courses and certificates do not qualify for financial aid:

  • CTB - all courses
  • ENG 080
  • MTH 050
  • PBT 297



Most of the following certificates are under 16 credit hours or do not prepare the student for gainful employment so do NOT qualify for financial aid. Please note that while less than 16 credit certificates do not qualify, there may be a related certificate of greater length within the same discipline that does qualify for aid.

  • Alcohol and Drug Counselor - Post Baccalaureate
  • Automotive Brake and Suspension
  • Automotive Electrical/Electronics
  • Automotive Recycling
  • Basic Nurse Assistant Training
  • CMA Preparation - Post-Baccalaureate
  • CPA Preparation - Post Baccalaureate
  • ESL and Bilingual Credential - Level 2*
  • ESL and Bilingual Credential - Level 3*

         *Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission

  • Emergency Medical Technician Basic
  • General Studies Certificate
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Early Childhood Education Level 2