Course Program of Study

Course Program of Study (CPoS) is a federal/state requirement that allows only courses that count toward a student's program of study (your declared major/minor) be considered when determining federal/state financial aid eligibility.

BVU's central campus.

If you have questions about a specific course and whether it is in your program of study, please contact your academic advisor.  Financial Aid cannot answer questions about your academic program and what classes count toward your degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is Buena Vista University Implementing CPOS?
  • What type of financial aid does CPOS impact?
  • How does CPOS impact Cost of Attendance (COA)?
  • How will CPOS affect my financial aid refund?
  • How and when will I know if I am impacted by CPOS?
  • What should I do if I've been notified one or more of my courses doesn't count in my program of study (declared major/minor)?
  • An academic advisor has determined that one or more of my courses are not required for my program of study (declared major/minor). What do I do?
  • Can I appeal a determination that a course does not apply toward my program of study?
  • I'm enrolled in courses that aren't part of my program of study (e.g., based on personal/career interest or to maintain full-time enrollment for athletics or housing). Will CPOS affect me?
  • Can I change my program of study to receive Federal financial aid for a course that does not apply toward my current program of study?
  • When is the last day to modify my enrollment or change majors/minors to potentially impact CPOS?
  • Do open electives count toward CPOS?
  • Can I still take a course that doesn't count toward my program of study?
  • Will financial aid cover prerequisites, internships, or licensure requirements because they are not listed as part of my program of study?
  • If I am degree-seeking but haven't declared a major ("undeclared"), am I still eligible to receive financial aid?
  • How will this affect study abroad?
  • How does this affect graduating seniors in their last semester?