Financial aid funds post to student accounts after the financial aid census date.
For students enrolled in TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE programs, the census date is the 28th day of each semester.
For ACCELERATED UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE program students, enrollment is determined after the "drop without record date" (drop date) for each session for which the student is enrolled during the semester.
If a student is taking classes outside the primary program area, some forms of aid may not be disbursed until after the LAST drop date for which the student is enrolled or when half-time status is reached.
Census date information determines if a student's financial aid award is accurate. It is possible for awards to increase, decrease, or be cancelled. To avoid unexpected revisions, the Financial Office should be notified immediately concerning changes in enrollment and campus housing. Award revisions are sent via e-mail to a student's University account.
Accelerated and Graduate Students - Enrollment status is monitored after the drop date for each of the sessions for which a student is enrolled during the semester. Once half-time enrollment is attained, the Financial Aid Office will disburse loan funds. For example, if an undergraduate student is enrolled for three credit hours in 8-week 1 and three credit hours in 8-week 2 during the fall semester, the loan will be disbursed after the 8-week 2 drop date. The student must be enrolled at-least half-time at the time of disbursement. Federal grants will post after the LAST drop date for all sessions for which a student is enrolled in the semester.
State awards post upon receipt of the funds from the state of Maryland; November for the fall semester, March for the spring semester.
Work-study earnings are not posted to student accounts. The student will receive a bi-weekly paycheck directly from his/her supervisor.
Private scholarships and awards from independent sources will be credited upon receipt of these funds by the SU Student Financial Services. Often times, these awards are sent to the University in one check and therefore post as a single disbursement for the fall semester.
Credit Balance - For those students with a credit balance resulting from financial aid, a refund check will be issued by Student Financial Services after aid is posted from all sources. State aid recipient refund checks may be delayed due to the receipt date of these funds.