Previously, the formula required colleges to use a ratio of 37.5 in-class clock hours to each credit hour. Additionally, the college could include out-of-class hours in the calculation if the in-class hours met a ratio of 30 clock hours to every credit hour.
Under the new regulations, the formula no longer includes any out-of-class hours. The revised formula for determining the number of financial aid credits in each course is simply the total number of clock hours in the course divided by 30. The result is the course’s credits used for calculating financial aid eligibility.
Example: If a 2-credit hour course consists of 18 in-class clock hours and 36 lab clock hours, then the course includes a total of 54 clock hours (18 + 36 = 54). Using the formula, 54 is divided by 30, which equals 1.8. For financial aid purposes, the course is worth 1.8 credits.
(18 class clock hours + 36 lab clock hours)/30 = 54 clock hours/30 = 1.8 credits