The census date is the 10th day of class each semester and the number of credits you are enrolled in on that date affects your financial aid.
Federal regulations and University of Idaho policy require that financial aid and scholarships be adjusted to reflect a student’s actual enrollment on the census date. Your eligibility for the financial aid you are awarded will be reviewed on the 10th day of class each semester based on your enrollment on that day at 5:00 pm. If your enrollment falls below the required amount of credits for financial aid you have been awarded, changes may be made to your aid at that time.
If you drop credits prior to the 10th day of class (the census date), you may be required to repay some or all of your aid that was disbursed to you if you do not, at that time, meet the enrollment requirements for the types of aid you have been awarded.
If you add credits resulting in your full-time or half-time enrollment after the 10th day of class (the census date), you may not be eligible to receive additional financial aid (e.g. awards contingent upon full-time or half-time enrollment).
Enrollment requirements for different types of aid are listed below:
Please note that wait-listed courses do not count towards credit requirements where financial aid is concerned.
- Scholarships and tuition waivers (including WUE) : Full-time
- Pell Grants: Full-time (prorated at ¾ time, ½ time and less than ½ time)
- All other grants: Full-time
- Loans (including Perkins, Vandal, Staufenbeil and Ben O. Braham): Full-time
- Loans (including Stafford Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Private/Alternative and most Alaska): Half-time
- Work-Study: Full-time
Full-time enrollment – 12 credits per semester for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduates, 10 credits for law students
Half-time enrollment – 6 credits per semester for undergraduates, 5 credits for graduate and law students