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Non Degree and Certification Programs

Non Degree Graduate students are individuals enrolled in graduate coursework that will transfer into a graduate program once the student is admitted. Non Degree students are not eligible for financial aid. Only students classified as non-degree but enrolled in a U.S. Department of Education approved Certificate Program are eligible for federal student aid. Students enrolled and seeking Teacher Licensure are considered to be enrolled in an undergraduate program.


Preparatory Coursework (Prerequisites)

A student not enrolled in a degree or certificate program is eligible for Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans for up to one year if she/he is taking coursework necessary for admission to an eligible program. At East Carolina University we interpret this regulation to mean that such a student may be admitted as a non-degree student taking prerequisite undergraduate classwork that is required for admission consideration into a specific graduate program, prior to their formal admission into a specific graduate program at ECU. Preparatory students are eligible for up to $12,500 in Federal Direct Stafford Loan. Receipt of aid as a preparatory student is limited to only one consecutive 12-month period. 

In order to obtain financial aid as a preparatory student, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); have an Academic Advisor, Department Chair, or Program Coordinator complete a Preparatory Letter describing under what conditions the student will be admitted to the regular program; and complete any additional requirements the Office of Student Financial Aid may request. 

Preparatory letters must appear on official ECU letterhead; state the course(s) and course number(s) required; state that the courses being taken are prerequisites for entry into a specific named program; and must be signed by the Department Chair or Program Coordinator.


Teacher Certification

Teacher Certification students are individuals enrolled in an undergraduate, post baccalaureate teacher certification or licensure program. Teacher Certification students are eligible to receive up to $12,500 in Federal Direct Stafford Loans depending on the individual students remaining undergraduate eligibility. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by the completion of the FAFSA, enrollment status, admittance into a teacher certification program, and Satisfactory Academic Progress.


Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs are generally graduate in nature however not all programs are eligible for financial aid. Only students accepted/enrolled into a U.S. Department of Education Approved Certificate Program are eligible to receive up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Stafford Loan. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by the completion of the FAFSA, enrollment status, admittance into certificate program, and Satisfactory Academic Progress.