What is a Financial Aid Freeze date?
The Financial Aid Freeze Date is the point at which a student’s enrollment status
is “locked” for financial aid purposes. A student must register for all courses or
make necessary adjustments for the semester prior to or during the drop/add period.
For example, if a student registered full time at the beginning of the term and then
dropped credits before the financial aid freeze date, the student’s financial aid
is then revised to match their eligibility based on the number of credits enrolled
in as of the Financial Aid Freeze Date and types of aid that were awarded.
Credits added after the Financial Aid Freeze Date cannot be used to increase financial aid eligibility. This includes any 8-week accelerated course.
What does this mean for a student who receives financial aid?
- To ensure receipt of the maximum Pell Grant for which a student is eligible as well as avoid having to pay back Pell Grant funds already posted to the student’s account, students are strongly encouraged to finalize their course schedule no later than the Financial Aid Freeze Date.
- If the student increases or decreases their credit load before the freeze date, their financial aid may be adjusted, as appropriate, for their enrollment level. If the student’s financial aid is reduced and it creates a balance due on their student account, the student will be responsible for payment.
- If the student adds credits after the freeze date, the student’s financial aid will not be increased. Classes added after the Financial Aid Freeze Date will not be eligible to be counted for financial aid eligibility purposes. The student will be responsible for any additional charges not covered by their financial aid award as of the financial aid freeze date.
- The student’s financial aid may be affected if the student is taking courses that begin after the financial aid freeze date. For example, if the student is enrolled in a class that starts after the freeze date, the Federal Pell Grant and other financial aid funds will not be disbursed until after the course has started. If the student fails to begin attendance in all classes, the student’s financial aid will be reduced accordingly.
- If a student initially enrolls for the semester after the Financial Aid Freeze Date, the Freeze Date for that student will be the date of their initial enrollment. Therefore, students will want to maximize their aid eligibility by enrolling in all the courses they are planning to take during the initial registration process.
- The Financial Aid Office is not able to adjust all types of aid after the Freeze Date but will consider special situations. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office before adding courses after the Freeze Date that would affect their enrollment level.
Upcoming Freeze Dates:
|January 18, 2024
|May 24, 2024