Financial Aid Services Center


Aid is awarded on an assumption of full-time enrollment. To avoid delays in aid disbursement, please notify the Financial Aid Department if you will be enrolled for other than fulltime status.

Credit requirements based on enrollment status:
Status Undergrad Postbac Graduate
Full-time 12 or more 12 or more 8 or more*
3/4 time 9-11 9-11 6-7*
1/2 time 6-8 6-8 4-5*
<1/2 time 5 or less N/A N/A
*Undergraduate coursework taken by graduate students must be reviewed by Financial Aid to determine whether such coursework can be funded through federal student aid programs.
Note: Do not register for courses that you do not intend to complete for purposes of qualifying for aid.

Changes in Enrollment

On the second Friday of each quarter, the student enrollment status is recorded and used as the final basis for determining eligibility for all federal, state, and institutional aid programs, as well as some scholarship programs. This recording date is commonly referred to as the quarterly enrollment status "lock" or "census" date.

2018 - 2019 Lock Dates:
Fall Quarter: October 5, 2018
Winter Quarter: January 18, 2019
Spring Quarter: April 12, 2019
Summer Quarter: July 5, 2019

If you receive aid from the above programs at the beginning of the quarter based on a higher enrollment status than your enrollment status at the lock date, your aid may need to be reduced to correspond to your locked enrollment status. In such circumstances, you would likely owe a repayment. Conversely, if you increase your enrollment status by the lock date, you could become eligible for additional funding.

You may change your enrollment status prior to the lock date, but your financial aid may need to be revised. The quickest way to make this change is to notify our office in writing as soon as you know what your enrollment status will be. If you add courses after your aid has been disbursed, be sure to pay any additional tuition charges by the tuition payment due date to avoid late payment fees.