What does it mean when I see a "No" under the "Eligible for Financial Aid" Column in "My Class Schedule" in MyMadison?

Regulations stipulate that schools can only consider classes that count toward your degree requirements when awarding you financial aid.  Classes that can be counted when determining your financial aid eligibility are those that:

  • Count toward your Degree or General Education requirements
  • Are required for your major
  • Are required for your minor
  • Fulfil your elective hours to attain a minimum of 120 credit

If you see a “No” next to one of your classes, then this class cannot be counted as part of your attempted credits when your financial aid eligibility is being determined.  

For example, if you are registered for 12 credits, with 9 having a “Yes” and 3 having a “No,” then you will be considered a 9 hour student for the purposes of developing your financial aid package.

When I see a "No" under the "Eligible for Financial Aid" Column in "My Class Schedule" in MyMadison, does that mean no students can receive financial aid for this class?

No, this is an individual student review as it is unique per student depending on what program of study you have declared and what classes you have already taken toward that program of study.  It is not based on the class itself, but rather the unique situation of each student.

I'm an undergraduate student and have a "Yes" under the "Eligible for Financial Aid" Column in "My Class Schedule" in MyMadison for at least 12 credits. Will my financial aid be reduced if I take additional classes that are categorized with a "No?"

If you are taking at least a full-time load of classes (i.e., 12 undergraduate credits) that are eligible for financial aid consideration, then taking additional classes that are not eligible for consideration will have no impact on your financial aid eligibility.

How many hours do I need to take to be eligible for financial aid?

Students must be enrolled for at least a half-time course load of financial aid eligible hours to receive financial aid.  For example, an undergraduate student needs a “Yes” by at least 6 credit hours in a term to be considered for the financial aid.  The exception is if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant.  In some situations, you can be enrolled for fewer than 6 hours and still receive this grant.

 

What is the impact of taking a class that is not eligible for financial aid consideration?

In some situations, there will be no impact on your financial aid.  For example, if you are only eligible for the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, then the chances are extremely high that you will have the exact same loan eligibility taking 12 hours as you would taking 9, or even 6.

However, if you are eligible for grants, then your grant will be affected as you cannot receive a full-time grant if you have less than a full-time load of hours counting toward your financial aid eligibility.  The same holds true if your parents wish to apply for a Parent PLUS Loan, as that eligibility will be reduced based on smaller levels of financial aid eligible hours.

How will taking classes that are not eligible for financial aid consideration affect my JMU bill?

You will still be charged for each class, whether the class is considered for financial aid or not.  However, when your financial aid is credited to the bill, it will be applied to whatever class charges are on your bill, even if some of those classes were not factored into your financial aid eligibility.

For example, if you are registered for 12 credits, with 9 having a “Yes” and 3 having a “No,” then your financial aid package can only count you as a 9 hour student for the purposes of developing your financial aid package.  However, you will be charged for 12 hours.  When your financial aid is credited to your bill, it will be applied to the charges for all 12 credits.  In many instances a less than full-time financial aid package will still be enough to cover full-time charges, but your financial aid refund could be smaller as a result of this.

Can I receive financial aid for classes that apply toward my minor?

Yes, any class that counts toward a declared minor is eligible for financial aid consideration.

Can I receive financial aid as a double major?

Yes, any class that counts toward a declared major is eligible for financial aid consideration.  This includes situations where students may be double majoring.

Can I receive financial aid for elective classes?

Yes, any class that counts towards filling an elective (until you reach 120 cumulative credit hours, or the total number of credit hours required for your degree program) is eligible for financial aid consideration. It’s important to keep in mind that some programs provide students with more elective hours than others.

Can I receive financial aid for a class that applies to my pre-professional designation?

Not unless the course you are taking as part of the pre-professional designation also counts toward another category of classes.  For example, if you are taking a pre-professional course that can also count as an elective, then it may be considered when developing your financial aid eligibility.  However, if you have no remaining elective hours and the pre-professional program course does not count toward any other requirement, then it will not be factored into your financial aid eligibility.

Can I appeal to receive aid for a class that is showing up as not being eligible for consideration in my financial aid package?

There are some valid reasons to submit an appeal.  Some examples are:

  • A course required for your major is displaying with a “No”.
  • A course required for your minor is displaying with a “No”.
  • You are required to retake a course in order to raise your GPA (major, minor, or cumulative).  In this situation, it’s important to note there are other rules that also come into play regarding how many times a student can receive financial aid for taking a course.  You can learn more about those rules in Section 14: Effects of Repeating Classes of the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship’s “Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid – Consumer Information”.
  • You are required to take a course in order to replace test/transfer credit.

Appeals cannot be considered for students who wish to take other classes for exploratory purposes.

Students who have a valid appeal reason should submit the Appeal Form for Class Eligibility for Financial Aid as soon as possible.

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