Coursework toward Program of Study (CPoS)

You may not be aware, but there is an important emphasis in federal financial aid rules that could cause your scholarships, loans, and grants to be reduced if you enroll in the wrong classes. Only courses required for degree completion can be used to determine your aid eligibility for federal financial aid programs such as grants, work-study, and loans.

For federal aid to pay for a course in your major, minor, or other degree requirement, it must be part of your Course Program of Study (CPoS) or be necessary to help you earn the total hours required for your degree. For those depending upon federal aid to attend MTSU, not paying attention to this rule could affect your full-time enrollment status, which could also impact MTSU or state scholarships, like the Hope lottery scholarship.

Why This is Important

photo of studentTaking courses that are not required to complete your degree could result in you receiving less or no federal aid or in owing money back. Taking classes that are not in your Course Program of Study for your officially declared major or minor may result in a reduction to your overall financial aid package.

Courses that are not eligible cannot be counted toward your full-time status.


In other words, the full-time cost of attendance (COA) requirement says you must be enrolled in at least 12 eligible hours. For example, if nine of your 12 hours are in your Course Program of Study, but three of your hours do not count toward your major or minor, your COA will reflect that you are not a full-time student (only 75 percent), which could reduce your state and MTSU scholarships. Remember: We cannot award aid in excess of your specific cost of attendance.

Your Checklist
Check Pipeline to be sure your major and minors are correctly declared.
See your advisor to be sure you're registering for classes that fulfill an outstanding requirement.
Check your Financial Aid Tab in Pipeline for messages and updates to your financial aid.