Paying For School

Financial Aid and Coursework

HACC offers many different degree, certificate and diploma programs. With very few exceptions, these programs are eligible for financial aid. However, there are some programs or coursework which have financial aid limitations imposed by the Dept. of Education or the State Grant agency. 

Developmental (remedial) courses

These are courses beginning with a "0." We do not count these courses towards your degree. You may use Financial Aid to pay for developmental coursework. Once you have attempted 30 developmental credits, you are ineligible for federal aid for any additional developmental courses. We do not count English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in this 30 credit limit.

PHEAA State Grants have limits on the number of developmental credits you can take and still be eligible for a state grant.  


  • For a full time PHEAA grant, you must enroll in 12 or more credits with 6 or more in degree credits (100 level or above).   
  • For part-time PHEAA State Grants, you must enroll in at least six credits with at least 3 credits in degree credits.  

PHEAA allows remedial credits to count toward your full-time or part-time status. They only count towards your status for a  maximum of two full-time semesters or four part-time semesters.


Online (virtual)/video courses

If you are taking online classes, you are eligible for Federal financial aid. To be considered for a PHEAA State Grant,  you must take at least 50% of your total term credits in a traditional classroom setting. The Financial Aid Office verifies this each term. 

You can lose eligibility for a state grant at any point during a term if you:

  • adjust your schedule to have more than 50% of your credits in an online setting


Blended coursework

Blended coursework is a combination of online and traditional in-class coursework. It is eligible for Federal financial aid.  Blended coursework comprised of 50% or more in class instruction may be considered for state grant.


ESL classes

ESL classes are eligible for Federal financial aid.  For PHEAA Grant purposes, ESL courses count as remedial courses.


Ineligible programs

Certain programs or courses do not meet the U.S. Department of Education requirements for financial aid eligibility. Students who apply for financial aid and are registered in an ineligible program receive notice through MyHACC.  Some of these programs include:

  • Non-Credit programs with the exception of Massage Therapy, Mechatronics, Healthcare Information Technician Specialist and the Police Academy Program.
  • Audited courses or credit by examination.
  • Courses taken for personal enrichment only.