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Course Program of Study

Office of Financial Aid

Course Program of Study (CPoS)

What is CPoS?

Course program of study (CPoS) refers to all courses needed to earn your degree:  Major, concentration, eligible minor or certificate, general education, and elective courses. If you haven't chosen a major yet, you are designated as Academic Focus Area-Gen Ed Core, and this is your program of study.

Once you enroll in enough credits in your program of study to be full-time, you will be eligible for maximum federal aid, and you can take additional courses whether or not they're in your program of study.

Enrollment Status Undergraduate
(Credits per Semester)
Graduate
(Credits per Semester)
Full-Time 12 (in CPoS) (in CPoS)
Three Quarter Time 9-11(in CPoS) 7-8 (in CPoS)
Half-Time 6-8 (in CPoS) 5-6 (in CPoS)
Less than Half-Time 1-5 (in CPoS) 1-4 (in CPoS)

 

15 to finishAs an example...If you are an undergraduate and enroll in 12 credits in your program of study, you’ll receive full federal aid.  But we recommend you take at least 15 credits in the fall and spring terms to stay on track to graduation.  Only 12 of these credits need to be in your program of study for you to receive full federal aid.

Only  courses in your program of study count towards your enrollment status.

 

What Should I Do?

  1. Be sure your major, concentration and minor are correct by logging into GoldLink and clicking the Degree Works icon. If you haven't chosen a major yet, Degree Works should say you are enrolled in Academic Focus Area-Gen Ed Core.  If you think your information in Degree Works is incorrect, contact your academic advisor immediately.
  2. Work with your academic advisor and use Degree Works to choose your courses carefully.
  3. Register early to get the courses you need in your program of study.


Questions?

If you have questions about CPoS contact your academic advisor. If you have questions about financial aid, contact your financial aid counselor.


Undergraduate - Example Scenarios 

  • If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and enroll in 12 hours and only 9 of the 12 hours are required for your officially declared program of study, the Federal Pell Grant will be reduced to a three-quarter time award based on 9 credit hours. However, you may be eligible to receive full-time institutional scholarship and/or TN state grant/scholarships.

  • Federal Direct Loans for undergraduate students require 6 hours of enrollment. If you are enrolled in 6 hours and only 3 of the 6 hours are required for your officially declared program of study, you are not eligible to receive a Federal Direct Loan.

Graduate - Example Scenarios 

  • Federal Direct Loans for graduate students require 5 hours of enrollment. If you are enrolled in 5 hours and only 3 hours are required for your officially declared program of study, you are not eligible to receive a Federal Direct Loan.

  • Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 9 hours. You do not need to be full-time in order to receive Federal Direct Loans; you only need to be enrolled in 5 hours. You will receive the same amount of Federal Direct Loans whether you are enrolled in 5 hours or 9 hours.
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