Definition of an Academic Year for Financial Aid Purposes

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The definition of a financial aid academic year at UH Hilo is one in which a student completes a minimum of 30 weeks of instruction and 24 semester credit hours.  The definition of an Academic Year should not be confused with grade level progression used for Federal student loan programs.  The following grade levels are used for undergraduate programs:

Freshman

0 - 24 semester credit hours earned

Sophomore 25 - 54 semester credit hours earned
Junior 55 - 88 semester credit hours earned
Senior 89 or more semester credit hours earned