Dropping courses impacts your financial aid in several ways. Aid is based on your enrollment level on the Census Date of each term. For undergraduates, full-time status is 12 or more credits, 3/4 time is 9-11 credits, 1/2 time is 6-8 credits, and less than halftime is 1-5 credits. Less than fulltime enrollment may affect your financial aid eligibility. Students enrolled less than halftime are not eligible to receive most types of aid including federal student loans. If you plan on being less than fulltime you must submit an enrollment revision form to the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial aid eligibility each term is based on your level of enrollment on the Census Date. On this date, budgets and financial aid are adjusted and locked based on your enrollment level at that time. If your aid was paid at the full-time amount and you are less than fulltime on the Census Date, your budget will be revised and your aid may need to be reduced to reflect your Census Date enrollment. This revision may create a new bill on your OSU student billing account.

Dropping or withdrawing from courses after the census date, may also impact your financial aid eligibility for the current and future terms. Withdrawing from all courses, failing to complete courses (unofficially withdrawing), or not participating in courses, may result in the partial or full loss of aid eligibility for that term. Future term eligibility will depend on continuing to make Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Rules for Summer Term Short Sessions (Courses in Modules)

You are paid federal financial aid based on all of the sessions (entire payment period) you are registered for at the time of disbursement. If you do not complete all of those sessions a return of federal funds may be required. Additionally, be sure to monitor your OSU student email carefully throughout the summer. If you drop, withdraw from, or do not fully complete your current sessions, you will be considered withdrawn from the term even if you are still enrolled in a future session. In this case you may be emailed a request to complete a summer survey verifying your intent to participate in future sessions. If you do not complete this summer survey, a return of federal aid may be required. See our Withdrawal Page for more detailed information on how drops, withdrawals, and non-completion can impact your aid in summer.

Additionally, the Pell Grant must always be adjusted to exclude payments for any course you do not participate in. In the summer term, if you drop a course before that course session began, we are required to reverse any Pell Grant payments made for that course. Reversed Pell will be returned to the Department of Education. This reversal of aid may create a new bill on your OSU student billing account.