Disbursement

The Office of Financial Aid works in conjunction with Student Financial Services to pay accepted financial aid awards to students. These payment are called "disbursement" and begins the week before classes start each semester. 

All financial aid, including Parent Plus loans, will first be applied to all charges, which includes but not limited to: Mandatory state, campus fees, and housing charges - if residing on campus. Any remaining financial aid after all charges are paid are refunded  to the student. Please see Student Financial Services regarding issuing refunds or making payments. 

Important Policy

  1. The Repeated Coursework Policy affects the student's disbursement as well. Please review the repeated coursework policy page for your knowledge. 
  2. All student's financial aid will be re-evaluated at the census date - established by Admission and Records - based on locked enrollment. Student can be billed if enrollment drop below full-time.

Please review the Office of Financial Aid front page for the disbursement date, under News and Updates section.

Office of Financial Aid Student Financial Students

Disbursed Student's Aid >

 

Applied Aid to All Charges

 

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Refund to Student: Check (Mail)/Direct Deposit or

Out of Pocket Expense

Units of Enrollment Requirement for Disbursement Per Semester

Pell Grant Disbursement Requirement

Enrollment Status Number of Units Enrolled Percentage of Disbursed Amount
Full-Time 12 or more units 100%
Three-Quarter-Time 9-11 units 75%*
Half-Time 6-8 units 50%*
Less-Than-Half-Time 1-5 units 25%*

* Important Note: A higher Expected Family Contribution (EFC), requires more units of enrollment to be eligible for a Pell disbursement. 

FSEOG, and Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Plus) Disbursement Requirement

Enrollment Status Number of Units Enrolled Percentage of Disbursement Amount
Full-Time 12 or more units 100%
Three-Quarter-Time 9-11 units 100%
Half-Time 6-8 units 100%
Less-Than-Half-Time 1-5 units Not Eligible

A graduate student taking 500 level or higher course(s) that is considered 4 units, meets the 6 units requirement for a loan disbursement.

*Courses that are 500 level or higher, the units are counted 1.5 times more.  Independent study course(s), the units are not counted 1.5 times more.

EOPS and Cal Grant Disbursement Requirement

Enrollment Status Number of Units Enrolled Percentage of Disbursed Amount
Full-Time 12 or more units 100%
Three-Quarter-Time 9-11 units 75%
Half-Time 6-8 units 50%
Less-Than-Half-Time 1-5 units 0%

State University Grant Disbursement Requirement

Actual Units of Enrollment Requirement Disbursed Amount
7 or more units of enrollment Full-Time Tuition Fee*
6 units of enrollment Part-Time Tuition Fee*
1-5 units of enrollment Not Eligible
* Tuition Fee can be found on Student Financial Services Website.

Middle Class Scholarships Disbursement Requirement

Enrollment Status Number of Units Enrolled Disbursed Amount
Full-Time & Three-Quarter-Time 7 or more units 100%
Half-Time 6 units Varies
Less-Than-Half-Time 1-5 units Not Eligible