Your financial aid eligibility is based on one of four enrollment categories:

Fall/Spring Semester

  • Full- Time: 12 units or more
  • Three-Quarter Time: 9-11.5 units
  • Half-Time: 6-8.5 units
  • Less than Half-Time: less than 6 units

Summer Semester

  • Full-Time: 6 units or more
  • Three-Quarter Time: 4.5-5.5 units
  • Half-Time: 3-4 units
  • Less than Half-time: less than 3 units

Additionally, your eligibility is based on the number of “active” units you are enrolled in at the time your check is produced.  “Active” units are for courses that you are currently attending.  They do not include courses that have not begun or courses in which you are on the waiting list.  (Those units will be included in your financial aid check on the next scheduled check disbursement date (semester midpoint) as long as they are “active” on that date.)  Please note that your second financial aid check will be adjusted either up or down based on your enrollment activity.

In addition, each semester there is a Recalculation Date that occurs at the 60% point of the semester.  This is the last time we will review your enrollment and make adjustments (up or down) to your awards.  If you have additional “active” units that move you into a higher enrollment category (less than half-time, half-time, three-quarter time, or full-time), you will receive another financial aid check to reflect this new status.  If you have dropped units, and you move into a lower enrollment category, you will be required to repay some or all of the financial aid you have already received.

IMPORTANT: Any adjustments made to your financial aid eligibility on the Recalculation Date will be retroactive to the beginning of the semester, and will apply to the entire semester.

The recalculation date is intended to help students receive financial aid funds for courses that don’t start at the beginning of the term, or that are added after the first financial aid check has been disbursed.  The recalculation date goes both ways, though.  If you drop units, you also may have to repay some or all of your financial aid.  Therefore, from a financial aid perspective, it is always better to remain in all of your classes until the end of the semester.  If you are struggling, seek help from one of the many tutoring resources available on campus and meet with a Counselor to discuss all of your options and the related implications.