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Student Financial Aid

Course Program of Study (CPoS)

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 cancelled. To remain eligible and receive the full financial aid package, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours within their degree program each semester.

What is CPoS?

Course Program of Study (CPoS) 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 CPoS?

 Clemson University will go live with CPoS starting in Fall 2023.

Beginning with early registration in April 2023, students will select courses for the Fall semester. Once registered for courses, they may review their degree audit in Degree Works (iROAR > Student Self-Service > Degree Works under the Student Records heading) to see if there are courses that do not satisfy degree requirements. This process will be repeated each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer).

CPoS Timeline

Date Event
April 10 Early Registration
Registration begins for summer and fall terms
Week of April 10 CPoS process begins running for Fall 2023 courses
Beginning with this run, CPoS will run nightly to pick up any changes to students' records
Early May Communications begin to aid applicants with at least one ineligible CPoS course
Mid-June Financial aid pays to student records
Communications begin to aid recipients with at least one ineligible CPoS course
August 23 Fall 2023 classes begin
Deadline for students to submit course substitutions and change of programs for the current term
August 29 Last day to register or add a class or declare Audit
Deadline for departments and Enrolled Student Services to process change of academic program and course substitutions for the current term
September 6 Last day to drop a class/withdraw from the University without a W grade
Census date for financial aid. Financial aid will be finalized based on the student's enrollment in required classes as of the close of this day.

Why are we implementing CPoS?

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.