The award information provided is a projection based upon the student enrolling full-time (12 credit hours) for each term. If you are planning to enroll on a less than full-time basis you may want to use the following formula to determine an estimate of your awards. Please note that this formula is not exact in all cases but should give you a good idea of your prorated awards.
  • If you enroll for 9-11 credit hours (considered 3/4 time) you would normally take 75% of the fulltime award listed for the term.
  • If you enroll for 6-8 credit hours (considered 1/2 time) you would normally take 50% of the fulltime award listed for the term.
  • If you are taking 1-5 credits, please contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if you qualify for any assistance. (Most financial aid programs require students to be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours to qualify).

The amount of a student's financial aid award each semester will be determined by the number of credit hours that a student is enrolled in as of the end of the semester's tuition refund period. When you are offered financial aid, you are awarded as if you will be attending full-time. However, if you enroll part-time your awards will be adjusted accordingly. Enrollment status is determined as follows: Full-time enrollment is 12 credit hours or more, 3/4 time enrollment is 9 to 11 credit hours, half-time enrollment is considered 6 to 8 credit hours and less than half-time enrollment is 1-5 credit hours. For example, let’s say that you were awarded a Commonwealth Award (COMA) in the amount of $500 a semester. You would be eligible to receive $500 for half time - full time enrollment only. Enrollment for 6 to 8 credits would be considered half-time, 9-11 is part time and 12 or more is full time. Enrollment for 1 to 5 credits is considered less than half-time and you would not be eligible for the COMA grant due to not being enrolled at least half-time, which is a program requirement. If you are awarded and then drop below halftime, your COMA could be withdrawn. Note: If you will be enrolled for 1 to 5 credit hours a semester you may be eligible for the PTAP Grant. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Special Notes:

Stafford Loan recipients must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours at the time of disbursement in order to be eligible to receive loan funds. If you are awarded financial aid and decide not to attend any or all classes you had previously registered for, you must officially drop your classes prior to the start of the semester. Failure to do so will result in your obligation to pay the full tuition and fee charges for the semester.