Financial Aid Census Date

What is the Financial Aid Census Date?

Baker College uses a census date to determine a student’s enrollment status for awarding Pell Grant funds.  The financial aid census date refers to the point at which your enrollment credit hours are locked for Pell Grant purposes.  The financial aid census date does not apply to other forms of financial aid (loans, Baker College grant, etc.).

Baker College Financial Aid Census Dates
  • Summer Semester 2021: June 2, 2021
  • Fall Semester 2021: September 1, 2021
  • Spring Semester 2022: January 19, 2022
  • Summer Semester 2022: June 1, 2022

The courses that students are registered for at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the census date will determine Pell Grant eligibility.  This means that if a student adds or drops classes before the census date, the amount of Pell Grant for which he or she is eligible will be affected.  If classes are added after the census date, the Pell Grant award will not increase; however, if classes are withdrawn or dropped after the census date, Pell Grant funds may be reduced.

Credit Hours Enrollment Status
12 and above Full-Time
9 to 11 Three-Quarter Time
6 to 8 Half-Time
Less than 6 Less than Half-Time

For example: If you are registered for 9 credit hours on or before the census date for the semester, you will be awarded Pell at the three-quarter time award status.  If you add a 3 credit class after the census date, which brings your total credit hours to 12, your Pell award status does not change, and you will not receive an increase in your Pell Grant for the added class.

The census date does not apply to other forms of financial aid.  Enrollment changes after the census date may affect the amount of other grants, scholarships and loans the student may receive.  Students are encouraged to submit a request if they have questions about how enrollment changes (including withdrawals) will affect their financial aid awards.

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