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.

Consequently, the following apply to all federal financial aid programs for students in undergraduate programs:

Academic Year 1:  credits 1-24
Academic Year 2:  credits 25-48
Academic Year 3:  credits 49-72
Academic Year 4:  Credits 73-120
Academic Year 5: 121 and above 

Effective June 27, 2007 the definition of a financial aid academic year for the College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Program is one in which a student completes a minimum of 30 weeks of instruction and 24 semester credit hours

The definition of 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