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Tips for Completing 30 Credit Hours Each Year

There are many things you can do to make sure you meet the 30-credits-per-year completion requirement.

Take 15 to finish

Completing 15 credits each semester is the simplest way to earn 30 credits a year, maintain your scholarship eligibility and stay on track to earn your degree on time. Just remember: “15 to finish!”

Complete your courses

Completed credits refer to classes in which you earn a passing letter grade of D or higher. Classes that you fail (F), withdraw from (W) or receive an incomplete in (I) do not count toward the credit completion requirement for maintaining your 21st Century Scholarship.

Take advantage of credits earned in high school

College credits completed in high school (through dual-credit or Advanced Placement courses) count toward the credit completion requirement. Check with your academic advisor to make sure these credits have been applied to your credit total.

Use the summer

Credits completed during the summer term count toward the credit total. You can choose to defer a portion of your scholarship for use during the summer term to help you pay for summer classes. Contact your college financial aid office for details.

Plan remediation carefully

Some students may be required to take remedial courses during their first year of college. These courses review math and English skills you learned in high school to help you get ready for higher-level college courses. Up to 12 hours of remedial courses can count toward your 30-credits-per-year completion requirement, as long as they’re earned during your first year in college.

Catch up on credits if you fall behind

If you don’t complete 30 credit hours and earn the full scholarship award in a particular year, you can earn your way back into the Scholars program by completing additional credits the following year. For example, if you only completed 27 credits the first year, but completed 33 the second year for a total of 60, you would be eligible to start receiving the full award again in your third year of college.

Ask for help if disaster strikes

If you have special circumstances (like illness or death in the family) that keep you from meeting the credit completion minimum, you can appeal to have your award amount reinstated.