Degree Audit Regulations
The Department of Education Financial Aid regulations state that students are only eligible to receive financial aid funds for courses that count towards their degree or certificate program.
This regulation can be located in the Federal Student Aid Handbook:
If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential, they cannot be used to determine enrollment status unless they are eligible remedial courses. This means you cannot award the student aid for classes that do not count toward his degree, certificate, or other recognized credential.
Updated February 18, 2020