In the context of State student aid, applicable courses means those courses that apply to or are an integral part of the student’s program of study. To count in the determination of the student’s minimum full-time or part-time course load, a course must apply to the student’s program as a general education requirement, a major requirement, or elective (whether restricted or free elective).
This expectation regarding applicable courses is derived from several regulations in subpart 145-2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The only exception to this requirement is in the final term of study. If a student needs fewer than the minimum number of credits to be full time, the student can take additional courses to make up a full-time course load. Excerpts from regulations pertaining to the requirement that courses be applicable to the student’s program of study are discussed in the topic on full-time study.
Students can take additional courses over and above the minimum course load requirements to enrich their college studies and not affect aid eligibility.
Because the acceptability of the courses that make up the student’s minimum course load is critical to the student’s eligibility, it is important that those college personnel involved in advising the student about course selection be familiar with this requirement.