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Financial Aid and Coursework

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 have financial aid limitations imposed by the U.S. Department of Education or the State Grant agency. 

Ineligible programs

Federal Financial Aid – HACC offers many different degree, certificate, and diploma programs. With very few exceptions, these programs are eligible for Federal financial aid. However, there are some programs or coursework, which have financial aid limitations imposed by the U.S. Department of Education. Students who apply for aid and are registered in an ineligible program will receive notice through MyHACC.

Pennsylvania State Grants (PHEAA) – PA State Grant eligibility is limited to only those students enrolled in associate degree programs at HACC.

 

English as a Second Language classes (ESL)

ESL classes are eligible for Federal financial aid.  For PA State Grant (PHEAA) purposes, ESL courses count as developmental courses.

 

Developmental courses

These are typically courses beginning with a "0." We do not count these courses towards the required credits to complete your degree.
Federal Financial Aid – You may only use Federal financial aid to pay for developmental coursework until you have attempted 30 developmental credits. We do not count ESL courses toward this 30-credit limit.
Pennsylvania State Grants (PHEAA) – there are limits on the number of developmental credits you can count toward your full-time or part-time status for PA State Grants. For up to a maximum of two full-time semesters (or four part-time semesters), developmental credits may be counted as follows:

  • You may qualify for a full-time PA State Grant by combining a minimum of 6 degree credits (100 level or above) with up to 6 developmental credits.
  • You may qualify for a part-time PA State Grant by combining a minimum of 3 degree credits (100 level or above) with up to 3 developmental credits.

 

Online (virtual) and Blended courses:

These courses may be offered strictly online or as blended courses. Blended courses are taken using a combination of online and traditional in-class coursework.
Federal Financial Aid – These course credits may be counted toward Federal financial aid without restriction.

Pennsylvania State Grants (PHEAA) – PA State Grant awards may be reduced by PHEAA if fewer than 50% of a student’s credits for the term are considered in-class. Non-classroom credits include blended courses which are designated as less than 50% classroom, and those for which no classroom percentage is designated. 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.