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HACC's Financial Aid and Coursework

HACC offers a wide range of degree, certificate and diploma programs. While most courses within these programs are covered by financial aid, there are exceptions or limitations that are specific to federal and the PHEAA State Grant aid programs: In addition, HACC is only required to pay for courses that are required for your program of study. Taking non-required courses may result in a loss of financial aid.

Developmental (Remedial) Courses

Financial Aid may be used to pay for developmental courses (remedial courses beginning with a "0") at the College. There are some restrictions on the maximum number of attempted developmental credits, and for PHEAA State Grants, the number of developmental credits that can be taken at one time.

Federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Stafford Loan and Direct PLUS Loan) can be used to pay for developmental courses. However, once a student has attempted 30 developmental credits, he/she is ineligible for federal aid for any additional developmental courses that they take. For federal aid, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are not counted in this 30 credit limit.

To receive a full-time PHEAA State Grant, a student must be enrolled in at least six credits of college-level courses (100 level or above) and carry a minimum of 12 credits during the semester. Students may use developmental courses to determine full-time status for a maximum of two (2) semesters. For part-time PHEAA Grants, a student must enroll in at least three (3) credits of college-level courses and carry a minimum of six (6) credits. For PHEAA Grant purposes, ESL courses DO count as remedial courses.

Online (Virtual)/Video Courses

Students taking online classes will be considered for Federal financial aid as long as students maintain staisfactory academic progress and meet other eligibility requirements.. 


The PHEAA State Grant Agency requires students take at least 50% of their classes in their program of study in a traditional classroom setting. At the beginning of each term, students are checked to determine if they have more than 50% of their completed credits in Internet courses. If so, the State Grant is canceled until the student completes additional coursework in a traditional setting.

Blended Coursework

Blended coursework involves a combination of time spent online and in the classroom. Federal financial aid does cover blended coursework as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and meets all other eligibility requirements.

As with the online/video classes above, THE PHEAA STATE GRANT WILL BE CANCELED if more than 50% of your total classes are considered to be virtual courses. For State Grant purposes, blended coursework is considered the same as an on-line course.

ESL Classes

ESL classes are eligible for federal financial aid as long as the student is accepted into a regular program of study at the College.


ESL courses do count as developmental courses which means that a student taking all ‘0’ level courses will not be eligible for the State Grant. 

Ineligible Programs

Students in the following programs are currently not eligible for aid until the US Department of Education approves those programs:

  • Enology Technology (#1301)

  • Viticulture(#1302)

  • ABC Carpentry Apprentice(#4171)

  • ABC Electrical Apprentice(#4172)

  • ABC HVAC Apprentice(#4173)

  • ABC Plumbing Apprentice(#4174)

  • Woodworking (#4361)

  • Medical Lab Technician (#3260)

  • Mechatronics (Certificate #4261); (Diploma #0461)

  • Pre-med Lab Technician (#326P) 

  • Geospatial Diploma (#0580)

  • UBC Apprenticeship Program (#4271)

  • Alternative Energy - PV Solar (#4421)

  • Carpentry Technology (#1230)

In addition . . .

  • With the exception of Massage Therapy and the Municipal Police Academy Program, most Non-Credit programs are ineligible for financial aid.  

  • No aid is awarded for audited courses or credit by examination.

  • Students attending HACC for personal enrichment only, are not eligible for financial aid. 

PHEAA State Grant:  Students pursuing a diploma or certificate program  as well as all Non-Credit programs are ineligible for the PHEAA State Grant.  

Repeated Courses
Students may receive federal aid for one repeat of a previously passed course. For example, students who receive a "D" grade in a course may enroll in it one more time and receive aid.
For PHEAA State Grants, students may take repeat classes but the completed repeat credits will not count toward maintaining PHEAA Satisfactory Aacademci progress.
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