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30. What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2017-2018 school year?
  • 1st bachelor’s degree .............................. 1.
  • 2nd bachelor’s degree .............................. 2.
  • Associate degree (occupational or technical program) .............................. 3.
  • Associate degree (general education or transfer program) .............................. 4.
  • Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical or education program of less than two years). .............................. 5.
  • Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical or education program of two or more years) .............................. 6.
  • Teaching credential (nondegree program) .............................. 7.
  • Graduate or professional degree .............................. 8.
  • Other/undecided .............................. 9.

Why are they asking this information?

For this question, you are asked to report your intended degree or certificate for which you are apply for Federal financial aid. The Department of Education wants to know what area of study you intend to undertake academically while receiving federal funding. Undergraduate programs offer different types of aid and different amounts of federal financial aid compared to graduate types and amounts.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

There are several types and level of degrees and certificates for which you could potentially receive aid:

  • 1st bachelor's degree
  • 2nd bachelor's degree
  • Associate degree (occupational or technical program)
  • Associate degree (general education / transfer program)
  • Certificate / diploma (occupational / technical / education program of less than 2 years)
  • Certificate / diploma (occupational / technical / education program of at least 2 years)
  • Teaching credential program (nondegree program)
  • Graduate / professional degree
  • Other / undecided

Select one of these options from the drop down menu.

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