Course Registration (Courses in Program of Study)

  • Course Program of Study (CPoS) Stay on track to complete your program and maximize your financial aid.

Course Registration (Courses in Program of Study)

Courses in Program of Study (CPoS)

Carefully choosing and scheduling your courses each term is essential to completing your program on time. When you are intentional about building your schedule with required courses for your program, you are more likely to finish your program on time and save money by avoiding additional tuition and course material costs. 

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education requires that institutions only distribute financial aid funds for courses that apply to a student’s specific degree program. This includes courses for the student's major(s), minor(s), CUGS, non-program electives, Rowan Core, Rowan Experience, and free electives needed to reach 120 credits. This means that if your specific award requires a minimum enrollment (half-time, full-time, etc.) only the credits for courses required by your program are used when determining your financial aid enrollment status.

The University has implemented a process called Courses in Program of Study (CPoS) which utilizes Degree Works technology to review your registration each term and notify you if any courses are not required for your program. This notification will allow you ample time to review your degree requirements and adjust your registration for either academic or financial aid purposes before the semester begins. 

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Academic Impact

From an academic perspective, the CPoS process will help you know early in the course selection process if your course registration is advancing you toward the completion of your program requirements. 

Having this information early in the registration process could help you:

  • replace a course that isn't required with another one that could help you graduate more quickly,
  • review if your declared minor or additional program for which a course is required has not been added to your record, or
  • take action if an exception or override you were expecting has not been entered into your Degree Works by your advisor.

Financial Aid Impact

Only credits for courses required by your degree program will count toward your enrollment for financial aid purposes. This means that if you're required to be full-time, part-time, etc. for some of your aid, you need to be extra vigilant that your schedule contains enough required courses to meet these minimums.

Even though you may be enrolled in 15 credits in a semester, if only 9 credits are from courses required by your program, your financial aid status will be less-than-full-time, making you ineligible for awards that require full-time enrollment.

Financial Aid Minimum Enrollment Requirements

Student Responsibility

It is your responsibility to work with your advisor, utilizing Degree Works, to choose and register for coursework that meets the minimum financial aid enrollment requirements.

Adjustments to your course schedule will not be automatically made for you.