Understanding Clock Hour Programs/Certificates

Technical clock hour programs are not funded in the same way as credit hour programs. Students declared into technical clock hour programs, or certificates, receive funding when they begin their program/certificate and at the beginning of each subsequent payment period. There are no terms or semesters in clock hour programs.

Clock Hour Programs Eligible for Federal Aid

Dental Assisting (Postsecondary Adult Vocational (PSVC)-DA)
1230 hours and 45 weeks

Law Enforcement Officer Basic Training (PSVC-LEB)
770 hours and 26 weeks

Welding Technology (PSVC-WDT)
1050 hours and 44 weeks

Pharmacy Technician (PSVC-PHT)
1050 hours and 32 weeks

Surgical Technology (PSVC-ST)
1350 hours and 60 weeks

Practical Nursing (PSVC-PN)
1350 hours and 40 weeks

Clock Hour Academic Year and Payment Period

A clock hour academic year is defined as a predetermined number of clock hours and a subsequent predetermined number of weeks to complete the technical program or certificate. Please refer to the above list of technical clock hour programs to view your specific clock hour program/certificate requirements.

Clock hour programs/certificates have two payment periods per academic year, each payment period is equal to specific number of monitored clock hour instruction and recorded attendance as well as a specific number of instructional weeks. Students are eligible for additional payment periods when they have attended  and successfully completed the mandatory number of clock hours and weeks required for their program/certificate (typically 12-15 credit hours).

Clock Hour Helpful Hints

  • Students who do not complete the required number of clock hours within their payment period during the semester, will need to budget the financial aid funds they have received in order to ensure they will have remaining funds to pay for their course fees the next semester.
  • Attendance is monitored and recorded by course instructors in clock hour programs and the attendance rosters are sent to the Financial Aid Office on a weekly basis.