Awards are typically made assuming full time enrollment (12 credits per semester as an undergraduate or 9 credits as a graduate student). If you know you will be less than a full time student, please report the number of credits you will take each semester to the Financial Aid Office, and we will adjust your aid award if necessary. If you drop credits after your aid has disbursed to your account, please hang on to any refunds you've received and watch SIS, as your financial aid award may be adjusted during these periods:
- Prior to the first disbursement of aid each term (the week before classes). Students will have their semester budgets adjusted to reflect their current credit load, and financial aid will be adjusted if necessary. If you are waitlisted for any of your courses, we assume you will be enrolled in these courses, and will count them as part of your enrollment/tuition costs until the end of the add/drop period. Please note that you are not charged for waitlisted courses until you are 'enrolled' in the class, so your aid will likely disburse before all of your credits are paid for. Aid may also need to be decreased if you do not enroll in the waitlisted courses.
- First day of the semester. Students who changed their enrollment status after disbursement but before the start of classes will have their aid adjusted if necessary.
- End of the add/drop period. The add/drop period ends on the census date and is the end of the 100% tuition refund period. Students who changed their enrollment status during the add/drop period will have their aid adjusted if necessary. If a student drops below one-half time during this period, budgets will be adjusted to include only those items allowed by less than half time enrollment (books, tuition and, if applicable, transportation).
- Late Add/Drop period. Pell Grant eligible students will have their Pell Grants adjusted based on their credit load at the end of the Late Add/Drop period.
Loans, once decreased, are generally not increased unless requested by the student. Please contact the Financial Aid Office once your enrollment is finalized and request that your eligibility be reviewed for additional loan availability.