Financial Aid Census Date is a “snapshot” of your enrollment at a specific date in time. The Financial Aid Census Date is also referred to as the Financial Aid Freeze date. You may view the Freeze dates on the linked documents below by term.

On Financial Aid Census Dates, your enrollment will be frozen and used to determine eligibility for financial aid. Your enrollment may be frozen once or multiple times a semester depending on the start dates of your classes.

Full term classes span the entire length of the semester. Part-of-term classes are shorter in duration than full-term classes and may start later than full-term classes. If your class schedule includes parts-of-term classes, your hours will be frozen multiple times.

Why does this matter to you? If your class schedule dictates that you will be involved in multiple census dates and you withdraw from a class or add a class between census dates, your financial aid eligibility could be effected.

Examples:

  • If aid was disbursed at 12 credit hours and at Census you are enrolled in 9 credit hours, the difference in aid eligibility must be returned to the University.
  • If aid was disbursed at 9 credit hours and at Census you are enrolled in 12 credit hours, the difference in aid eligibility will be applied to the students account.