The census date is when enrollment for a term becomes official for financial aid purposes.
After this date the Office of Student Financial Aid revises awards to match your enrollment level as of the census date. Financial Aid is awarded based on the number of credits you are enrolled in each term; thus, full time students are generally eligible for more aid than they would be if they dropped to half time.
Your award is based on the information you provide when you submit your FAFSA unless you update it using a Revision Request form. When disbursement begins prior to each term, your payment is based on your estimated enrollment which may differ from your actual enrollment at the census date.
If after the census date your estimated and actual enrollment levels are different, your financial aid award may be reduced and you may have an outstanding balance with the university.
Read more about our Disbursement Policy.