Financial Aid Available for Some Technical Diplomas

Effective July 1, 2021, the US Department of Education has made changes to how credits are calculated for financial aid for technical diploma programs that do not lead to an associate degree. Due to the changes to the federal credit conversion formula that determines enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.) for Federal Student Aid purposes, Wisconsin Technical College System students who are enrolled in a technical diploma that does not lead to an associate degree may not eligible for full financial aid funding.

How does the calculation work?

Federal regulations require colleges to convert instructional credit hours for certain diploma programs based on a conversion formula. The new conversion formula will determine if the program includes the minimum number of instructional credit hours to qualify as an eligible program for Federal Student Aid purposes. The calculation of enrollment status is different for programs that have one or more courses that cannot be used toward a 2-year associates program. The converted financial aid credits are used to determine a student's enrollment status and Federal Student Aid award status.

The revised formula for determining the number of credit hours for each class of a program is such that each credit must include at least 30 in-class hours of instruction. This determination is made by dividing the total number of instructional hours in a course by 30. The result is the new total credit hours for the course in which financial aid will be paid. This total will be used when calculating financial aid awards. Although you may be enrolled full-time academically, your financial aid will be calculated using the converted financial aid credit hours.

Example: If you are enrolled in a 3 credit hour course that has 75 instructional hours, we would divide 30 into the 75 clock hours (75/30 = 2.5). You will be eligible for 2.5 financial aid credit hours.

Fox Valley Technical College has determined the Programs of Study below are required to apply the new federal conversion formula. Each program includes a table explaining the credit hours for the affected program courses. Students enrolled in these programs may not be eligible for full financial aid funding based on the programs credit hours. Feel free to review other funding options, like scholarships, to help you pay for college. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the financial aid office at 920-735-5650 or email Financial Aid.

Affected Programs of Study & Courses

Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Materials and Installation 10-486-112 3 2.4
Aeronautics, Introduction to 10-486-124 3 1.8
Aircraft Electrical Power 10-486-160 3 2.4
Aviation Regulations & Publications 10-486-161 2 1.8
DC Circuits 3 - Aircraft/Electromechanical 10-620-103 1 0.9
DC Circuits 1 10-660-110 1 0.9
DC Circuits 2 10-660-111 1 0.9
AC Circuits 1 10-660-114 1 0.9
College Technical Math 1A 10-804-113 3 1.8
Aircraft Instrument Systems 10-486-110 3 2.4
Basic Avionics Systems 10-486-111 3 2.4
Maintenance Forms & Records 10-486-166 1 0.9
Technical Drawings & Diagrams 10-486-167 1 0.9
Human Factors 10-486-168 1 0.9
Written Communication 10-801-195 3 1.8
Survey of Physics 10-806-139 3 2.4
Construction, Residential Building
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Construction Safety with OSHA 10 10-449-173 1 0.6
Dental Assistant
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Dental Materials 10-508-113 2 1.8
Dental Office Management 10-508-120 2 1.2
Oral/Interpersonal Comm 10-801-196 3 1.8
Diesel Construction Equipment Service Technician (FABTECH)
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits  
FABTECH Preventive Maint & Equipment Repair 10-412-142 5 3.6  
FABTECH Shop Practices, Introduction to 10-412-143 4 3  
FABTECH Electrical 1 10-412-151 5 4.2  
FABTECH Hydraulic Systems 1 10-412-164 3 2.4  
FABTECH Fuel Systems 1 10-412-172 3 2.4  
FABTECH Applied Welding 10-442-103 2 1.8  
FABTECH Air Conditioning 10-412-141 2 1.8  
FABTECH Engine Rebuilding 10-412-148 5 4.2  
FABTECH Engine Testing & Diagnostics 10-412-150 5 4.2  
FABTECH Fuel Systems 2 10-412-157 4 3  
FABTECH Hydraulic Systems 2 10-412-145 5 4.2  
FABTECH Construction Drive Train 1 10-412-146 5 4.2  
FABTECH Construction Drive Train 2 10-412-147 4 3  
Diesel Engine Service Technician (FABTECH)
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
FABTECH Preventive Maint & Equipment Repair 10-412-142 5 3.6
FABTECH Shop Practices, Introduction to 10-412-143 4 3
FABTECH Electrical 1 10-412-151 5 4.2
FABTECH Hydraulic Systems 1 10-412-164 3 2.4
FABTECH Fuel Systems 1 10-412-172 3 2.4
FABTECH Applied Welding 10-442-103 2 1.8
FABTECH Air Conditioning 10-412-141 2 1.8
FABTECH Engine Rebuilding 10-412-148 5 4.2
FABTECH Engine Testing & Diagnostics 10-412-150 5 4.2
FABTECH Fuel Systems 2 10-412-157 4 3
Diesel Power Generation & Marine Service Tech (FABTECH)
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
FABTECH Preventive Maint & Equipment Repair 10-412-142 5 3.6
FABTECH Shop Practices, Introduction to 10-412-143 4 3
FABTECH Electrical 1 10-412-151 5 4.2
FABTECH Hydraulic Systems 1 10-412-164 3 2.4
FABTECH Fuel Systems 1 10-412-172 3 2.4
FABTECH Applied Welding 10-442-103 2 1.8
FABTECH Air Conditioning 10-412-141 2 1.8
FABTECH Engine Rebuilding 10-412-148 5 4.2
FABTECH Engine Testing & Diagnostics 10-412-150 5 4.2
FABTECH Fuel Systems 2 10-412-157 4 3
College Technical Math 1A 10-804-113 3 1.8
FABTECH Electrical Power Generation 1 10-412-154 5 4.2
FABTECH Electrical Power Generation 2 10-412-155 4 3
Ladder Logic and Control Devices 10-609-170 1 0.9
AC Circuits 1 10-660-114 1 0.9
Digital Court Reporter
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Legal Terminology, Introduction to 10-110-112 3 1.8
Digital Court Reporting, Introduction to 10-170-100 2 1.2
DCR Grammar & Punctuation 1 10-170-115 3 1.8
Business Law 1 10-102-103 3 1.8
Fundamentals of Computing 10-154-113 2 1.8
Digital Audio Reporting Lab 10-170-102 2 1.8
DCR Grammar & Punctuation 2 10-170-116 3 1.8
Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
EMS Fundamentals 10-531-911 2 1.2
Paramedic Medical Principles 10-531-912 4 2.4
Advanced Patient Assessment Principles 10-531-913 3 2.4
Advanced Pre-Hospital Pharmacology 10-531-914 3 2.4
Paramedic Respiratory Management 10-531-915 2 1.8
Paramedic Cardiology 10-531-916 4 3
Basic Anatomy 10-806-189 3 1.8
Paramedic Medical Emergencies 10-531-919 4 2.4
Paramedic Trauma 10-531-920 3 2.4
Special Patient Populations 10-531-921 3 2.4
EMS Operations 10-531-922 1 0.6
Farm Operation
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Farm Business Management 10-080-104 2 1.8
Feeding Modern Livestock Operations 10-080-105 2 1.8
Precision Agriculture 10-080-106 2 1.8
Dairy/Livestock Artificial Insemination Records & Management 10-006-169 3 1.8
Tractor Preventive Maintenance 10-080-107 2 1.8
Crop Management Principles 10-080-108 2 1.8
Agricultural Commodity Marketing 10-080-115 2 1.8
Principles of Reproduction 10-080-109 2 1.8
Harvesting Equipment 10-080-110 2 1.8
Soil Principles and Fertility 10-080-112 2 1.8
Herd Health and Management 10-080-111 2 1.8
Farm and Dairy Records 10-080-113 2 1.8
Agricultural Planting Systems 10-080-114 2 1.8
Horticulture/Landscape Specialist
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Introduction to Horticulture 10-001-111 3 2.4
Horticulture Soils 10-001-112 3 2.4
Introduction to Arboriculture 10-001-114 1 1.2
Equipment Operation, Horticulture 10-001-117 2 1.8
Survey of Herbaceous Plants 10-001-159 3 2.4
Landscape Construction 1 10-001-181 3 2.4
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management 10-001-113 3 2.4
Tissue Culture Propagation 10-001-115 2 1.8
Landscape Management 10-001-123 3 1.8
Landscape Estimating and Technical Reports 10-001-145 3 1.8
Plant Propagation 10-001-108 2 1.8
Landscape Construction 2 10-001-109 2 1.8
Turf Management & Irrigation Systems 10-001-130 2 1.8
Organic Land Care 10-001-131 2 1.8
Woody Ornamental Plant ID 10-001-158 3 2.4
Interiorscaping 10-001-122 2 1.8
Greenhouse Management & Control Systems 10-001-125 2 1.8
Plant Diagnostics 10-001-140 2 1.8
Business, Introduction to 10-102-112 3 1.8
Horticulture Technician
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Horticulture Soils 10-001-112 3 2.4
Turf Management & Irrigation Systems 10-001-130 2 1.8
Woody Ornamental Plant ID 10-001-158 3 2.4
Survey of Herbaceous Plants 10-001-159 3 2.4
Introduction to Horticulture 10-001-111 3 2.4
Greenhouse and Turf Pest Management 10-001-113 3 2.4
Equipment Operation, Horticulture 10-001-117 2 1.8
Interiorscaping 10-001-122 2 1.8
Landscape Estimating and Technical Reports 10-001-145 3 1.8
Medical Assistant
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Medical Terminology 10-501-101 3 1.8
Digital Literacy for Healthcare 10-501-107 2 1.8
Medical Law, Ethics & Profess 10-501-109 2 1.2
Human Diseases for Health Care Professions 10-501-182 3 1.8
Culture of Healthcare 10-501-104 2 1.2
Pharmacology for Allied Health 10-501-108 2 1.2
Nursing, Practical
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Body Structure and Function 10-501-153 2 1.8
English Composition 1 10-801-136 3 1.8
Developmental Psychology 10-809-188 3 1.8
Oral/Interpersonal Comm 10-801-196 3 1.8
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Intro to Outdoor Power Equipment 10-461-150 3 2.4
OPE Diesel Engine Systems 10-461-155 3 2.4
Pipe Trades Preparation
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Construction Trades Safety 10-449-180 2 1.2
College Success: On Course 10-890-100 1 0.6
Introduction to AutoCAD 10-606-161 2 1.8
Precision Agriculture Technician
Course Title Course Number Academic Credits Financial Aid Credits
Agriculture Career Preparation 10-006-117 1 0.6
Agricultural Crop Production 10-006-119 3 2.4
Agribusiness Sales 10-006-134 3 1.8
Commercial Vegetable Production 10-006-146 3 2.4
Agronomy Equipment 10-006-150 3 2.4
Precision Ag Overview 10-006-154 3 2.4
Crop Scouting Training 10-006-109 3 1.8
Crop Science 10-006-141 3 2.4
Precision Agriculture Advanced 10-006-159 3 2.4
GIS Applications 10-006-163 3 1.8