Impact of Enrollment on Financial Aid

Your responsibilities if you drop all of your units (withdraw) during the semester

If you are receiving Financial Aid and withdraw from classes, a “Return To Title IV” calculation will be performed on your financial aid file, this is a Federal Regulation. The Calculation will determine the amount of disbursed funds you are able to keep and what funds you will need to return. In some cases, you may be eligible for a “post withdrawal” refund. The Calculation is run up through the 60% point of the semester. If you drop after the 60% point, no calculation is done since you have “earned” 100% of your financial aid for that semester. Students who never “officially” withdraw from the University will be calculated at the 50% point of the semester.

If you drop prior to the beginning of the semester, all aid for that semester will be canceled.

Please note: Your withdrawal may affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress and your ability to be eligible for financial aid for the upcoming Academic Year. 

Impact of Enrollment on Grants

Some financial aid awards require a minimum unit enrollment to receive the full award. Please review Units Required before dropping units to see if and how it could affect your financial aid award. In some cases, you may need to return some of your disbursed funds back to the University.

Federal Pell Grant (expand/collapse)

Pell Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 12 or more units. After the last day to drop without a petition (census date), your units will be reviewed and your Pell Grant may be adjusted. If you were never enrolled full time, your Pell Grant will be reduced and disbursed after the census date. If you had been enrolled in 12 or more units and then dropped below 12 units, your Pell Grant will be reduced, which may cause you to owe money back to the University. NOTE: In either scenario, depending on your “Expected Family Contribution”  (EFC) and the number of units you are enrolled in by Census, you might not be eligible for your Pell Grant for that semester.

State University Grant (expand/collapse)

For undergraduate and credential students awarded a State University Grant, funds will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 7 or more units. After the last day to drop classes without a petition (census date), your units will be reviewed and your State University Grant may be adjusted. If you were always enrolled in 6 units, your State University Grant will be reduced and disbursed after the census date. If you had been enrolled in 7 or more units and subsequently dropped to 6 units during the Add/Drop period, your State University Grant will be reduced to coincide with the posted tuition fee. If you drop to 0-5 units, your State University Grant will be canceled.

For graduate students pursuing a Master’s Degree, State University Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 4 or more units. After the last day to drop classes without a petition (census date), your units will be reviewed and your State University Grant may be adjusted. If you had been enrolled in 7 or more units and subsequently dropped to 4-6 units prior to census, your State University Grant will be reduced to coincide with the posted tuition fee. If you drop to 0-3 units, your State University Grant will be canceled.

Cal Grant (expand/collapse)

Cal Grants will disburse automatically if you are enrolled in 12 or more units.  After the last day to drop classes without a petition (census date), your units will be reviewed and your Cal Grant may be adjusted. If you were never enrolled full time, your Cal Grant will be reduced and disbursed after the census date. If you had been enrolled in 12 or more units and subsequently dropped to fewer than 12 units, your Cal Grant will be reduced to coincide with the units enrolled. If you drop to 0-5 units, your Cal Grant will be canceled.

Impact of Enrollment on Direct Loans:

In general, Direct Loans are not pro-rated based on enrollment.  However, you must be enrolled at least Half-Time in order to be eligible to receive funds from the loans. 

Loan amounts for graduating seniors (Undergraduate Students) enrolled for one semester only:

If you will be graduating, and are enrolled for one semester only during the award year, your Direct Loans will be prorated as follows:

  • enrolled in fewer than 12 units, loans are prorated down, based on units
  • enrolled in more than 12 units, loans are prorated up based on units