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Division of Student Financial Aid

SFA > Information for Students > Credit Completion Requirements Credit Completion Requirements

Students who receive state financial aid for the first time during the 2013-2014 academic year will be required to meet certain completion requirements to renew state financial aid awards in 2014-2015. This includes students who first started school prior to July 1, 2013 but receive their first state awards after that date. Students receiving the Frank O'Bannon Grant, 21st Century Scholarship and Part-Time Grant are subject to credit completion requirements.

Students who complete at least 30 credit hours per year have the best chance to graduate on-time.

(Note: The number of remedial credits that will be counted toward the credit completion requirements will be limited to 12, and the remedial credits must be earned during the student's first academic year.)

Credit Completion Requirements Frequently Asked Questions  

Frank O'Bannon Grant (Higher Education Award, Freedom of Choice Award)

To renew a base Frank O'Bannon Grant, a student must complete at least 24 credit hours or the equivalent by the end of the first year in college, 48 or the equivalent by the end of the second year and 72 or the equivalent by the end of the third year. Students may earn additional financial aid incentives for academic performance including completion of at east 30/60/90 credit hours or the equivalent by the end of the first/second/third year in college, maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, earning an associate degree before enrolling in a bachelor degree program or completing at least 39/78 or the equivalent credit hours by the end of the first/second year in college.

A financial aid menu can be used to determine the amount of aid a student will be eligible to receive:

  • 2014-2015 State Financial Aid Menu
  • 2014-2015 State Financial Aid Menu (Grandfathered) 

    Students who fail to meet the credit completion requirements due to extenuating circumstances may file an appeal. More information regarding this process is available HERE.

    21st Century Scholarship

    To renew a 21st Century Scholarship, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours or the equivalent  by the end of the first year in college, 60 or the equivalent  by the end of the second year and 90 or the equivalent by the end of the third year.

    If a student fails to complete 30/60/90 credit hours or the equivalent but does complete 24/48/72 or the equivalent within the appropriate timeframe, the student may be awarded a Frank O'Bannon Grant (see above) instead of the 21st Century Scholarship.  

    Students who fail to meet the credit completion requirements due to extenuating circumstances may file an appeal. More information regarding this process is available HERE.