Director of Experiential Ed.
Bryn Athyn College strongly encourages students to include service learning in their academic programs. One credit of service learning is required for all students as part of the Core Program. Additional credits completed in a formal internship may be incorporated into students' degree programs. Students must first complete at least two full-time terms, have a GPA of 2.7 or better, secure the approval of their academic/internship advisor, and complete all planning of the internship in a timely manner.
Students are considered to be full-time for the term in which they complete an internship worth three academic credits or more, as long as the internship:
Local and on-campus internships do NOT qualify the student for full-time status. Students must still enroll in a minimum of nine academic credits during the term in which a local internship is completed in order to be considered full-time.
When a student is enrolled in an at-a-distance internship earning fewer than nine academic credits, status will be determined by dividing the number of hours of work to be completed by thirty (per the clock hour conversion formula in the Federal Student Aid Handbook). Student completing the standard 200-hour internship will therefore be considered to be half-time status for that term in the context of federal student aid.
|Internship Hours Conversion for Federal Student Aid Purposes|
|(Number of Internship Hours) / 30 = (Equivalent classroom credits)|
|Example: 200 hours / 30 = 6.67 equivalent classroom credits|
Students completing 270 hours of work or more will be considered full-time in the context of federal student aid. This is the status that will be used to determine students' eligibility for all types of federal and state grants and loans. Students who are at least half-time status retain eligibility for most types of federal student aid, although the amount of funding disbursed to the student may be reduced.
Students will be billed only for the number of academic credits earned during the term in which the internship is completed. Thus, even if federal and state grants are prorated appropriately for the student's half-time status in the context of federal student aid, in most cases there will be no net financial penalty for the student because the amount charged by the College for that term is also significantly reduced.
All Bryn Athyn College offices are subject to this policy.
*The experience of living in unfamiliar surroundings, such as living abroad or away from campus, is a large part of the learning that goes on during an at-a-distance internship, adding supplemental educational worth to the course that is recognized in the student's academic status.