A student's eligibility for financial aid is determined when the student's financial aid file is complete. There are several scenarios/timeframes in which a student could be awarded aid and have their aid adjusted due to census:
The information listed above applies to the federal grants (Pell, SEOG, TEACH), institutional funds, and state funds.
Example: If a student initially registers for 6 credits and receives a Pell grant based upon 6 credit enrollment but then withdraws from a 3 credit course, the enrollment at the time of census will be 3 credits and the Pell grant will be reduced. The grade of W will not count toward enrollment for financial aid purposes.
Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized and PLUS loan funds may be adjusted after the census date if a student increases their enrollment.
Example: If a student is initially registered for 3 credits and loans are not offered, but the student adds an additional 3 credits after the census, the student could receive loan funds (if they make that request to the financial aid office). However, if a student has 6 credits as of the census, but then withdraws or drops a course, they fall below 6 credits. If their Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan funds have not disbursed yet, the student will no longer be eligible to receive the funds.
If a student already received a financial aid award letter, any module-based class(es) enrolled in after the census date will not be counted toward financial aid enrollment status for the semester for all types of aid except loans. If a student plans to enroll in any module-based class(es), please do so before the census date. No exceptions will be made.
For more information about modules, see the Class Eligibility policy.
Fall 2019 Census is 09/12/2019
Winter 2020 Census is 01/09/2020
Spring 2020 Census is 02/06/2020
Summer 2020 Census is 06/18/2020