Credit/Clock Hour Conversion Programs

Credit/Clock Hour Conversion Programs

If you are enrolled in one of the following programs and have been awarded Federal Pell Grant Funds, your award payment may be less than what is indicated on your award letter.

  • Cosmetology Instructor's Certificate - C55160
  • Dental Assisting Diploma - D45240
  • Cytotechnology Certificate - C45220
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant Certificate - D45510

This determination of enrollment status is different because the program has one or more courses that cannot be used toward a two-year degree program. Enrollment status determination for conversion programs involves totaling for each course the clock/contact hours a student takes each semester. For Fall/Spring semesters, the total lecture and lab hours are multiplied by 16 then divided by 37.5 to obtain the converted credits. For Summer semester, the total lecture and lab hours are multiplied by 8 then divided by 37.5. The converted credits are then used to determine the enrollment status.

This means that the Federal Pell Grant Award reflected on your award letter is based on full-time enrollment. If you are in one of the programs listed above you would have to be enrolled in at least 23 to 24 contact hours to receive the full-time award. Anything less than at least 23 to 24 contact hours will result in a reduction in payment of Federal funds.

If you are enrolled or plan to enroll in one of these programs and have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.