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Census Date and Financial Aid Eligibility

In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Financial Aid will recalculate Federal and State aid based on the enrollment status as of the census date set by the University. The census date is the point at which your enrollment is locked for financial aid purposes, and it typically coincides with the last date you can drop classes for a full tuition refund. Please refer to the Important Dates website for current census dates.

Awards that are affected by the census date are:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • TEACH Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, College Affordability Grant
  • Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Grant (LEAP). 

What does this mean for students?                          

If you increase or decrease your enrollment level through the census date, your grant eligibility will be adjusted to ensure that it is the appropriate amount given for your enrollment level.

If you increase your enrollment level after the census date, your grant eligibility will not be increased. It is very important that students are registered for all their courses by the census date of a given term. Students, who are given permission to add classes after the University census date deadline, will be responsible for any additional tuition charges unless they have federal student loan eligibility.

If you decrease your enrollment level after the census date, your grant eligibility will generally not be reduced. You will, however, be held accountable for the coursework drop, please refer to Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. If a student has loans, and drops below 6 hours, any future disbursements will be canceled per federal regulations

Exception: A reduction to your grant award(s) may occur if you withdraw from all your courses or you fail to attend class. Before dropping all courses, please refer to Return of Title IV funds.