The definition of the cohort is based on whether the student is first-time, full-time certificate/bachelor degree seeking. In your case, the student should not be counted in the cohort because he/she is not degree-seeking.


Most importantly, students who are not degree-seeking at your institution are NOT eligible for federal financial aid from your financial aid office. These students cannot receive federal loans, grants, Pell, etc.


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From: George Allen []
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:13 PM
To: Common Data Set <>
Subject: [cds] Definition of "Degree-Seeking"




If we have a student who enrolls in credit-bearing courses as a first-time, full-time undergraduate, but who says they do not intend to graduate from our institution and indeed transfers out after their first year, should they be included in our cohort? Do they count as “degree-seeking”, or not?


Thank you,


George Allen

Director of Institutional Research

Hillsdale College