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Enrollment Status

Financial aid is awarded based on the expectation that you will be enrolled in at least 12 hours as an undergraduate student or 9 hours as a graduate/professional/law student. You may not qualify for all of your financial aid if you are not enrolled in at least 12 hours as an undergraduate or 9 hours as a graduate/professional/law student.


What if I plan to add hours at a later date?

If you are currently enrolled in fewer than the minimum number of hours required to receive one or more of your financial aid awards but plan to add hours at a later date, these awards will not credit your university account nor appear as anticipated aid until you are enrolled in at least 12 hours as an undergraduate or 9 hours as a graduate/professional/law student. If you plan to add hours to meet the minimum hour requirement prior to the first day of classes, your awards will be disbursed, provided you have a complete financial aid file. If you plan to add hours, but cannot do so prior to the first day of classes, you can still do so, but you will not receive your aid until you add hours.


What if I plan to maintain an enrollment of less than 12 hours (undergraduates) or 9 hours (graduate/professional/law students)?

If you plan to maintain an enrollment of less than 12 hours as an undergraduate or 9 hours as a graduate/professional/law student, you must complete or update your enrollment status in Enroll & Pay (Student Center > Accept/Decline Awards > Award Package Page 2). If you are not able to enroll in 12 credit hours as an undergraduate or 9 hours as a graduate/professional/law student, you may still qualify for financial aid, but FAS must receive notification of your enrollment status to determine your financial aid eligibility. Once you have updated your enrollment status, your financial aid may be adjusted. This adjustment could result in a cancellation or reduction of certain financial aid programs. If your enrollment status changes, it is your responsibility to update your status in Enroll & Pay.

If you are considering withdrawing or dropping classes, please review the FAS publication on Withdrawing and/or Dropping Classes (PDF) to see how it might affect your financial aid. For information on how to withdraw from the university and the Refund/Adjustment Policy, see the Office of the University Registrar.

Attention Pell Grant Recipients: If you are a Federal Pell Grant recipient and you are enrolled or are planning to enroll in less than 12 hours, you must update your enrollment status in Enroll & Pay. The Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) office will review your enrollment status and adjust your Pell Grant accordingly. If we make this adjustment and you increase your enrollment on or after the first day of classes for the specified term, your grant cannot be increased for those additional hours.


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