Financial Aid & Scholarships

Census Date

Fall & Spring Semester Census Dates

The census date for the Fall 2013 semester will be August 30, 2013 and January 28, 2014 for the Spring 2014 semester. In general, the census date will be the last day to add classes without special permission. Your financial aid for the semester will be based on your credit hours of enrollment on the census date.

If you drop/withdraw from all your classes, an entirely different set of program rules apply outside of the census date program rules.

If you have already received a financial aid refund for the semester and your credit hours of enrollment change after the financial aid refund is sent out, you may owe money back to UNLV after your financial aid eligibility is recalculated.

If, prior to the census date, you drop below half time (less than 6 credits for undergraduate and less than 5 credits for graduate) and do not enroll in additional credits to increase your enrollment to at least half time, by the census date, you will not be eligible for federal student loans. In this scenario, even if you have already received a financial aid refund, at less than half time enrollment your loans will be cancelled and you will have to repay an amount equivalent to the student loan disbursement(s) already credited to your student account.

Summer Term Census Date

Students attending Summer Term classes will have through the last day to add classes for Summer Term Session 3 to adjust class schedules. After this period has expired, your financial aid will be based on your credit hours of enrollment for the entire summer term.

If you have already received a financial aid refund during the summer term and your credit hours of enrollment change after the financial aid refund is sent out, you may owe money back to UNLV when your financial aid eligibility for summer term is recalculated.

If you drop credits prior to the last Friday during the first week of classes of the fall or spring semester (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 prior to the census date, your financial aid package may be adjusted to reflect your increased credit hours of enrollment. You may gain additional financial aid eligibility depending upon the type of financial aid you are receiving.

If you add or drop credits after the last Friday during the first week of classes of the fall or spring semester (the census date), your financial aid package will not be adjusted.

If you drop classes (or change to audit) after the census date, you may also have future financial aid eligibility issues. Please review the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for more information on the requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Enrollment Requirements for Different Types of Aid

Please note that wait-listed courses do not count towards credit requirements where financial aid is concerned.

  • Scholarships and tuition waivers: Generally full-time
  • Pell Grants: Full-time (prorated at ¾ time, ½ time and less than ½ time)
  • ACG and SMART Grants: Full time (prorated for ¾ time and ½ time)
  • Most grants: Full-time (prorated at ¾ time, ½ time and less than ½ time)
  • Loans (including Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Perkins, Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Private/Alternative): Half-time
  • Work-Study: Half-time

Full-time enrollment

12 credits per semester for undergraduate students, 9 credits for graduate students, 12 credits for law students (4 credits summer law), 20 credits for dental students.

Three-quarter time enrollment

9-11 credits per semester for undergraduate students. Not applicable for graduate, law or dental students.

Half-time enrollment

6 credits per semester for undergraduate students, 5 credits for graduate and law students, not applicable for dental students.

Less than half-time enrollment

1-5 credits per semester for undergraduate students. Not applicable for graduate, law or dental students.

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