Diploma Program Financial Aid
Clock to Credit Hour Conversion (Diploma Programs)
Federal regulations require RPCC to convert hours for certain diploma programs based on a federally-regulated formula. In most cases, the conversion process results in lower Pell payments per term. This means the process to determine enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.) for federal financial aid sources is different for these diploma programs.
This enrollment status determination is different because the program has one or more courses that can’t be used toward a two-year associates program. To figure out the diploma program enrollment status, take the clock/contact hours a student takes each semester and divide it by 37.5. These converted credits are used to determine the enrollment status. Your financial aid award status will be based on the converted hours, NOT the actual credit hours taken.
Example: If you are enrolled in a 3 credit hour course that has 75 clock hours, you would divide 37.5 into the 75 clock hours (75/37.5=2.0). Therefore, you would be eligible for only 2 financial aid credit hours.
*SPECIAL NOTE: DO NOT ROUND UP WHEN TOTALING HOURS.
Click on the programs below to determine the converted hours for your program.
You may be enrolled full-time academically; however, your financial aid will be calculated using converted hours. Please use the tables in the program link above to determine your financial aid enrollment status. This table contains specific course names with their actual number of “payable financial aid credit hours” for those courses. These payable financial aid credit hours determine how much your Pell grant award will be based on the Department of Education’s Clock Hour to Credit Hour Regulations. The reduced hours may result in reduced federal Pell grant awards.
The Office of Financial Aid created these tables for use when scheduling courses, and enrollment specialists are available to help you when determining Pell grant awards. PLEASE review the scholarship section and the costs and funding page for more opportunities.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure program of study and enrolled courses are correct. Financial aid cannot pay for courses outside of the official program of study listed in the College Catalog. Contact your advisor or go to your LoLA account to change your program of study and select appropriate classes.