Distance Education Policy

PHEAA Distance Education Policy

PHEAA's Distance Education policy states that students must complete at least 50% of their coursework credits through in-classroom instruction unless the student has a medical disability. Students who attempt more than 50% of their course work online, will NOT be eligible for the PA State Grant (PHEAA). At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis.


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In-classroom Instruction vs. Online Distance Education

Examples of In-classroom and Distance Education Monitoring

Am I eligible for a State Grant if I am disabled and must take all of my classes through distance education?

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In-classroom Instruction vs. Online Distance Education

In-classroom Instruction:

      • In-person experiences such as student teaching, study abroad, laboratories, and internships are considered to be in-classroom instruction.

Online Distance Education:

      • Courses conducted online or through live interactive audio or video conferencing, webcasts, computer-based technologies, and blended courses are NOT considered in the classroom.

Note: At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis. The PA State Grant (PHEAA) may be revoked at any point during the semester if the student fails to meet the guidelines for at least 50% classroom instruction.

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Examples of In-classroom and Distance Education Monitoring

At Millersville University, the distance education policy will be monitored on a term-by-term basis. **This policy also applies to the summer term**

Example 1:     

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

3 Credits

4 Credits

4 Credits

3 Credits

Not Eligible for a State Grant

Eligible for a ½ time Grant



Example 2:

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

6 Credits

9 Credits

9 Credits

6 Credits

Not Eligible for a State Grant at all. Not even a ½ time grant.

Eligible for a full-time grant



Example 3:

FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

Classroom Instruction

Online Classes

3 Credits

3 Credits

6 Credits

6 Credits

Eligible for a ½ time Grant

Eligible for a full-time grant



Note: The PA State Grant (PHEAA) may be revoked at any point during the semester if the student fails to meet the above guidelines.

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Am I eligible for a State Grant if I am disabled and must take all of my classes through distance education?

If you have a medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and you are enrolled in a program of study that is structured to allow you to complete at least 50% of your credits in the classroom, you may request an accommodation (exception) to the 50% in-classroom requirement of the State Grant Program. However, you must meet all other eligibility requirements, and you must provide ADA-supporting materials from your medical healthcare provider and the ADA Accommodation Request Form(PDF).

If your program is structured in a way that does not allow for at least 50% classroom instruction, no exceptions can be made.

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