Regular Student

"Regular Student" submitted by SchoolGrantsfor Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 22nd July 2011

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A regular student is one who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an institution for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate or other recognized education credential offered by that institution. You must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program or regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses in order to receive FSA funds. A school must document a student's enrollment in an eligible program at the time of admission, and it must have a system to notify the financial aid office if the student leaves the program. It must also document that an aid recipient is a regular student.

Students admitted as conditional are regular students only if the school officially accepts them into the eligible degree program. The Department does not define official acceptance or admission. If the student is merely allowed to take some courses before being officially admitted to the program, she is not considered to be a regular student and is not eligible until she is officially admitted. Regular students may receive aid for classes they take in a school's continuing education department as long as the classes apply to their degree or certificate program.

A regular student who is 21 years old or older and who is not a graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted by earning satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development (GED) Examination. Students who are not high school graduates (or who have not earned a General Educational Development [GED] Certificate) can demonstrate that they have the “ability to benefit” from the education or training being offered by passing an approved ability-to-benefit (ATB) test. Another way to demonstrate your ability to benefit (ATB) is to successfully complete 6 credit hours or the equivalent coursework that are applicable toward a degree or certificate program offered by the institution.

A person under the age of 21 who has earned satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development (GED) and who is not a graduate of an accredited high school may be admitted as a "Conditional Freshman". Conditional Freshmen must complete a prescribed program of study during the first semester of enrollment. Conditional Freshmen who complete the prescribed courses without being placed on probation are removed from conditional status and will be considered regular students in the subsequent semester. More details about: Regular student eligibility requirements

Regular Student Employment

Many departments hire students and pay 100 percent of the student's wages earned out of their own operating budget. Students do not need to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to participate in regular student employment. You can work for more than one department as long as you don't work over 40 hours a week. It is up to the department to determine how many hours a week you can work. However, you cannot work under Regular Student Employment and Federal Work-Study at the same time.

Students not enrolled during the summer semester may work during the summer semester under regular student employment. The student must have been enrolled for at least half-time credit hours from the previous spring semester.