No. In addition to minimum credit requirements, federal financial aid regulations require students receiving financial aid to enroll in classes that fulfill unmet degree requirements. If you are taking classes that don’t fulfill unmet degree requirements, those classes can’t count toward your enrollment for financial aid purposes.
For example: You have one 3-credit class to complete to receive your degree. You register for this class and another 3-credit class that doesn’t fulfill a degree requirement for you to be eligible for financial aid. Although you’re registered for 6 credits, for financial aid purposes, you’re only registered for 3 credits, as those are the only credits you are taking to fulfill an unmet degree requirement. At a 3-credit enrollment, you would not be eligible to receive most forms of financial aid.
We strongly encourage students to work with an academic adviser to develop an academic plan that avoids this type of situation.