Disbursement Requirements

Disbursement Requirements

Academic Year

  • Students must be enrolled at least half time by the last official date to add regular classes (census date) to receive any state grants or Federal Title IV loans, work-study or grants (except Federal Pell Grants).  Half-time status is defined as six (6) credit hours for an undergraduates and law students, and four (4) credit hours for graduate students. Your aid may be revised if your enrollment status at census date is not full time. In most instances, undergraduates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at census date to receive scholarships. Although financial assistance is normally awarded for an entire academic year, enrollment status is verified each semester.
  • The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid monitors repeated classes for financial aid eligibility purposes (excluding scholarships).  If you choose to repeat a class in which you originally received a passing grade, you will be allowed to receive financial aid for that class the first time you repeat the class.  Subsequent enrollment in that same class will NOT be considered for financial aid enrollment or awarding purposes.  (Exceptions to this policy include enrollment in dissertation hours, master's thesis hours and some performance-based classes).
  • A financial aid recipient who withdraws from all classes will have to repay a portion of the total aid received until 60% of the semester has elapsed. After the 60% period, the recipient is allowed to retain all aid received.
  • If you receive a GPA of 0.000 for any semester that you are a federal aid recipient, your class attendance/participation will be reviewed. If it is determined you did not attend/participate in all the classes in which you were enrolled, yet did not withdraw, you may have to repay all or a portion of your federal aid.
  • Disbursement of federal aid for classes that begin later than the scheduled semester start date or for module based classes will occur at the time at least half-time enrollment (referenced earlier) is reached.

Summer Term

  • The entire disbursement of your Federal Direct Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan and/or Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, or scholarships requiring half-time enrollment levels will be made to the Office of Student Accounts after the census date (the last day of each session to add a class) of the session in which your cumulative summer enrollment status is equal to or exceeds the half-time enrollment levels (six credit hours for an undergraduates and law students, and four credit hours for graduate students). Any combination of summer sessions can be used to reach the half-time enrollment level.
  • Aid could be reduced or canceled if you change your enrollment and enroll for fewer credit hours in a session than you indicated on the Summer Aid Application. It is extremely important that you update your Summer Aid Application if your enrollment plans change. Since your financial aid awards, some scholarships, and/or disbursements are based on anticipated enrollment, changes in enrollment may require you to repay financial aid already received.
  • If you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant for the summer term, your initial Pell Grant eligibility will be determined based on your enrollment at the time your summer financial aid eligibility is calculated.  In order to maintain eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, you must be enrolled in classes on the last day to add a class for the 2nd 5 week session.  If you drop or withdraw from a class prior to that date, your Federal Pell Grant may be reduced or canceled even if you were offered a Federal Pell Grant prior to that date.
  • If you are eligible for the Summer Tuition Grant, your full Summer Tuition Grant will disburse for the session in which you reach 3 credit hours.  If your Summer Tuition Grant is awarded based on your anticipated enrollment in more than 3 credit hours and you do not begin enrollment for all anticipated hours, your Summer Tuition Grant will be adjusted accordingly,