Students who receive state financial aid (Guaranteed Access Grant, Educational
Assistance Grant, and Campus Based Educational Assistance Grant) for at least two years, will be required to
meet certain Credit Completion Requirements to renew state financial aid awards in subsequent years.
A student’s year of Enrollment in the Educational Excellence Award (EEA) program will be defined as the years in which the student received the award. Meaning the student must have received (disbursed) an EEA award at least once during each academic year for at least two years before adhering to the credit completion requirements.
Yes. A dually enrolled student taking college courses while still enrolled in high school is excluded from the credit completion requirements. A high school student is ineligible to receive the grant, per § 18-303(b)(1). Since the student is still a high school student the college courses the student takes and completes while in high school will not be counted when determining the students’ academic year of enrollment, nor counted during the credit completion requirements after the student graduates from high school and begins college.
The institution will not have to return/cancel the student’s award from the prior year if no documentation was readily available at the time the award was certified and paid to confirm the students ineligibility, or during the academic year no information/documentation was available to the institution to verify that the student was ineligible for the award. However, the institution is responsible for canceling the award if documentation is provided during the academic year confirming that the student is ineligible for the award.
The accepting institution should verify the credit completion requirement based on the number of credits the student successfully completed. The accepting institution does not need to analyze which credits were accepted for purposes of determining credit completion.
The credit completion requirement is applicable to all students enrolled in an eligible institution on or after August 31, 2015, and has received an EEA award for at least two years.
**Note: OSFA will identify all applicable students and they will appear on the newly developed “Credit Completion” roster in MDCAPS.**
Repeated course work shall be counted in accordance with the institutions established policies and procedures.
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