Maximum Time Frame

The maximum time frame for completing a program of study is 150% of the required length of the student’s specific program. This maximum time frame includes all attempted hours, transfer hours, and developmental work taken, whether or not financial aid was received or courses were successfully completed. A student is no longer eligible to receive financial aid once they have attempted 150% of the number of hours required for their degree or certificate.


  1. If your degree is a 60 hour degree: 60 x 150% = 90 hours maximum time frame. You are eligible for only the first 90 hours of attendance.
  1. If a student transfers into Jefferson State and has attempted 40 hours of transfer credit from another institution, these hours are included when calculating the maximum time frame for the student’s degree. The student who has 40 hours of transfer credit from another institution and is attempting to complete a 60 hour degree program at Jefferson State must consider the hours they have left to complete their degree.   For example: 60 x 150% = 90 – 40 = 50 credit   remaining before the student reaches the maximum time allowed for degree funding.

A change in program of study will be allowed; however, aid will be granted only for additional required hours as determined by comparison of the two programs of study.  A financial aid recipient may not be paid for more than 30 credit hours of remedial courses. In addition to the above procedures, the maximum length of a student’s program may not exceed 150% of the minimum length required to complete the program.