Preparatory Coursework

Preparatory coursework refers to courses a student is required to take in order to be officially admitted into a regular degree program. These courses do not count toward the requirements of that degree program.

A student taking preparatory coursework must contact financial aid and work individually with a financial aid officer unless the academic department has identified a group of students in this category. These students may be classified as Lifelong Graduate (LG) or Graduate (GR) students.

Enrollment requirements

  • Student must be enrolled in preparatory coursework REQUIRED for admission to a regular graduate or graduate/professional degree program.
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits).
  • Only those courses REQUIRED for admission may be considered when determining enrollment level and student aid eligibility.


Documentation must be received from the student's academic advisor and must include the following:

  • A statement that the coursework is required for admission to a specified graduate or graduate/professional degree program.
  • A list of the specific courses required for admission.
  • A statement that the student will be admitted to the degree program if the courses are completed with the required grade.

Aid eligibility

  • Aid eligibility is limited to Federal Stafford Loans
  • Loan amounts are the same as independent undergraduate seniors.
  • Loan eligibility is limited to a single consecutive 12-month period.
  • Students will be monitored throughout the enrollment period to ensure they remain eligible.