Academic Year

The academic year is a standardized measure that affects a number of federal student aid functions, including definitions of eligible programs and payment periods. It is expressed as a minimum number of credit or clock hours accrued over a minimum number of weeks of instructional time. “Academic year” is not to be confused with other measures of time, such as award year (July 1 – June 30), federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30), or academic calendar (dates set by school).

Related topics in this Index: Program Eligibility; Payment Period

See also Subtopics for more specific references.

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