United States Department of Education regulations require that students receiving federal student aid (i.e.: Pell Grant, Direct Loans and Work Study) be enrolled in courses that are applicable toward their degree.

Students enrolled in coursework not applicable toward their degree requirements could see their financial aid package prorated or canceled. To remain eligible and receive the full financial aid package, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours within their degree program each semester and graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credit hours within their degree program each semester.


What is Tech on Track?

Tech on Track is the process that identifies courses within a student's program of study. Courses that do not apply towards a student's program of study will be ineligible for federal financial aid.


What is the Timeline for Tech on Track?

Each semester, once students are registered for courses, they may review their degree audit in Degree Works (OneTech > Registration Information Card > Registration resources > Degree Works) to see if there are courses that do not satisfy degree requirement.



Tech on track timeline


March 1

  • Early Registration
    • Registration begins for spring term

Week of March 1

  • Tech on Track process begins running for Fall 2024 courses
    • Beginning with this run, Tech on Track will run nightly to pick up any changes to students' records

Early April

  • Communications begin to aid applicants with at least one ineligible Tech on Track course

August 21

  • Fall 2024 classes begin
  • Financial Aid pays to student records

August 27

  • Last day to register or add classes
    • Financial aid will be finalized based on the student's enrollment in required classes as of the close of business on this day.
    • Deadline for departments to process schedule changes or registration
    • Deadline for the Registrar's Office to process major change forms



why are we implementing tech on track?

The U.S. Department of Education requires that institutions ensure financial aid funds are used to pay for courses that apply to a student's degree program.

This change not only pertains to financial aid, but also helps ensure that students are progressing toward timely completion of their degree.