I need some help understanding the rules for upperclassmen to qualify for this grant. My son is a rising junior. His college’s suggested 8-semester plan doesn’t have 30 credits per year (which is required by the Excelsior Scholarship). The first two semesters had 14 each, which he took. The 3rd had 15, which he registered for, but he switched one 3-credit class to pass/fail fue to a personal issue (a close friend contemplating suicide) and missed the minimum grade by 3 points. He took 15 this spring, so he has 28 from the 1st year and 27 from the 2nd (55 total).
If he takes 6 credits this summer, they should count toward the 60 he needs to qualify because he started school in the fall. But do they have to count toward his major? He’s been combining requirements to cut down on the total number of courses he needs (ex. his writing intensive also counted as a history), so if he takes 6 required credits now he may not have enough to qualify later.
If he takes 15 credits per semester, do they all have to count toward what he needs to graduate (major, electives, gen eds)? He’s done with his electives and has 2 gen eds left to take. Most of his remaining courses are 4 credit tech type courses. His plan had been to take 3 of the 4 credit courses to be full-time for TAP and Pell and cross register at a local private college for a 3-credit course, but the 3-credit course won’t fit any requirements.
He’ll have 120 credits when he finishes his major requirements, so he doesn’t need extra courses. If he could take 12 credits in his major each semester plus any other a 3-credit course, he’ll graduate on time. But unless he starts taking two 4-credit comp sci (lab) courses and two 4-credit science (lab) courses per semester, there’s no combination of required courses that are a reasonable load and will count toward his degree. Does that mean we just won’t qualify?