Course Program of Study (CPoS)
Course Program of Study (CPOS) is a federal requirement that only allows courses that count toward a student's program of study (your declared major/minor) to be eligible for Federal or State Financial Aid. In order for Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Financial Aid Office to award federal or state financial aid, a student must be enrolled in courses that count towards his/her degree, certificate, or other recognized credential. If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count towards his/her program of study (major), Southwest cannot award federal or state financial aid.
CPoS applies to federal and state financial aid (the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Teach Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study, Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA), Tennessee Hope Scholarship, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect).
Important Guidelines to Follow
- Know your program of study: Federal or state financial aid only pays for courses that are in your declared major.
- Follow the timeline to change your major, if need be: If you plan to change your major, it is important to make that change prior to the beginning of the semester, or no later than the 14th day of classes. If you anticipate enrolling into a special admissions program, your major cannot reflect this program until after you are admitted.
- Contact your Professional Academic Advisor: Work closely with your Professional Academic Advisor to ensure you are registered for courses that are within your program of study (major).
- Act Early: If your federal or state financial aid has been reduced due to enrollment in courses that do not count, contact your Professional Academic Advisor immediately for assistance.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
No, federal or state aid can only be applied to courses in your degree plan. Check with the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about your financial aid.
Federal Financial Aid can only pay for eligible courses that count towards your degree/major. Examples of federal financial aid:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Teach Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
State Financial Aid can only pay for eligible course that count towards your degree/major. Examples of state financial aid:
- Tennessee Promise
- Tennessee Reconnect
- The HOPE Scholarship
- Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA)
Your Professional Academic Advisor, Financial Aid Specialist, and staff members in the Records Office all have access to run an audit of your courses to determine if they count towards your degree program. You can also run your own degree audit in Degree Works to see if courses apply towards your major. You will also receive an email from the Financial Aid Office if courses are not paid by federal or state financial aid.
Students are notified by email. Professional Academic Advisors are your first point of contact regarding whether courses are included in a program of study. Your advisor will help you update your schedule so that all courses are within your program of study.
- How to Apply
- Important Deadlines
- Net Price Calculator
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Financial Aid Documentation Upload Page
- Federal Financial Aid
- Federal Work Study
- Course Program of Study (CPoS)
- State Financial Aid
- US College Affordability and Transparency Center
- Financial Aid Forms
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Other Types of Financial Aid
- CARES Act