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Enrollment Status

 Enrollment Status for Eligibility

Initial financial aid packages are estimated based on anticipated enrollment (assumed to be full-time for undergraduate students). Final award amounts will be determined based on a student’s enrollment status as of the fixed enrollment date each semester.

Fixed Enrollment Date

University policy requires that financial aid and scholarships are based on a fixed enrollment date (the tenth day of classes) each semester. The tenth day of classes is the last day on which you are able to add/drop via the Student Administration System. The amount of your financial aid awards and/or University scholarship for the semester will be based on the number of credits you are enrolled in on that date. If you drop credits during the add/drop period, you may be required to repay some or all of your aid that was disbursed to you if, as of the fixed enrollment date, you no longer meet the enrollment requirements for the types of aid you have been awarded.If you drop a class AFTER the tenth day of classes, and receive a W in that class, neither your billing status nor your financial aid status will be adjusted. However, you may not be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines for the next academic year.Enrollment requirements for different types of aid are listed below: Please note that audited and wait-listed courses do not count towards credit requirements where financial aid is concerned.

Pell Grants All Other Grants Federal Perkins Loans Federal Direct Loans (e.g. Stafford Direct, Parent/Graduate PLUS) Work-Study University Merit Scholarships University Departmental Scholarships
Full-Time Enrollment Full Award Full Award Full Award Full Award Full Award Full Award Full Award
3/4 Time Enrollment Prorated Award No Award Up to full award depending on budget Up to full award depending on budget No Award No Award Varies based on scholarship criteria
Half-Time Enrollment Prorated Award No Award Up to full award depending on budget Up to full award depending on budget No Award No Award Varies based on scholarship criteria
Less Than Half Time Enrollment Prorated Award No Award No Award No Award No Award No Award Varies based on scholarship criteria

After the close of the add/drop period, your eligibility for the financial aid you have been awarded will be reviewed. If the number of credits you are registered for as of the last day of the add/drop period is different from the number of credits on which your financial aid award and/or University scholarship was originally based, your financial aid package may be adjusted. Adjustments may include reduction and/or cancellation of grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships. If your semester registration was finalized AFTER the tenth day of classes, and you wish to request a review of your file, please complete and submit the Financial Aid Fixed Enrollment (Day 10) Appeal Form located on our web page, http://financialaid.uconn.edu/forms prior to the deadline (two weeks after the close of the add/drop period). Late appeals will not be considered. If you do not submit an appeal by the deadline, or if the appeal is not approved, your financial aid will be adjusted based upon your enrollment as of the last day of the add/drop period.


Enrollment Status

Enrollment status is based on the following credit requirements:

Status Undergraduate Students Graduate Students
Full-Time 12 or more credits
  • 9 or more credits
  • 6 or more credits and Graduate Assistantship
  • 3 credit Course 5960, 6960, 5930, or 6930
3/4 Time 9-11 credits  6.75-8 credits
Half-Time 6-8 credits 5-6.5 credits
Less Than Half Time Fewer than 6 credits Fewer than 5 credits

Reminder: To be considered for most forms of aid, students must be enrolled full time.


Students with Disabilities

Students, whose less than full time enrollment is certified by the Center for Students with Disabilities, will be packaged for eligible aid based on cost of attendance and federal regulations. Students should be aware that federal regulations require that Federal Pell Grant funds be prorated based on the number of credits taken, and that the student financial aid budget is reduced accordingly. To borrow under the Federal Stafford Loan program, or to have a previous loan deferred, students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits. Students should keep in mind that, with the exception of the Pell Grant, it is the University’s policy that students must be enrolled at least half time to receive financial aid.

Disbursement of Funds

For students attending UConn for the entire academic year, all forms of financial aid (with the exception of work-study) are disbursed electronically into their student account in two equal disbursements – one for the fall term and one for the spring term. Your financial aid will not disburse until your actual enrollment status is the same as the enrollment status on which your financial aid is based. In addition, aid will not be disbursed until an Official EFC has been received from the Federal Processor.Financial aid funds are directly applied to tuition, fees, and residence hall charges appearing on your student account. Any funds in excess of these charges are refunded to you. The first disbursement for fall term is scheduled so that financial aid checks will be available for students to pick up on the first day of classes.Exception to Fixed Enrollment Date for Pell-Grant Eligible Students: Federal Pell Grant recipients may have funds made available to them on the first day of a payment period despite any aforementioned enrollment discrepancies in order to acquire books and supplies by the seventh day of their payment period. In order to be considered, students must have met all disbursement conditions for the Federal Pell Grant at least ten (10) days prior to a given payment period, and must have a financial aid credit balance present for that payment period.