Financial Aid Census Date Policy

In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will recalculate federal, state, and institutional student aid awards based on the enrollment status as of the published Census Date (Count Day) by the Office of the Registrar, which is typically the end of the 9th day of class for both Fall and Spring terms.  All federal, state, and institutional aid will be based upon the Census Date enrollment status.

The Census Date for Spring 2018 is January 18, 2018.

After Census Date, students cannot request changes to the Federal Pell Grant, or the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant. Changes to Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS loan programs are allowed if a student wishes to decrease or decline loan(s) or increase a loan if the student had previously declined a portion of or all of any one of these loans, as long as all other eligibility requirements are met. Eligibility for these federal programs may be affected by schedule changes after the Census Date for students in courses starting after Census Date or those who have had FAFSA information or corrections submitted after the Census Date.

If you drop credits prior to the 9th day of class (the census date), you may be required to repay some or all of your aid that was disbursed to you if you do not, at that time, meet the enrollment requirements for the types of aid you have been awarded.

If you add credits after the 9th day of class (the census date), you may not be eligible to receive additional financial aid.


This policy does not apply to students who withdraw from all courses. Complete withdrawals from the university are subject to federal, state, and institutional refund policies. Please review this  for more information regarding complete withdrawals from the university.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

If you drop classes (or change your class status to audit) after the census date, you may also have future financial aid eligibility issues. Please review for  more information on the requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Census Dates for other upcoming terms are listed below:

TermFirst Census Date (Count Day)
Fall 2017 September 8, 2017
Spring 2018January 18, 2018