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How is financial aid enrollment status calculated?

Financial Aid enrollment status calculations
Units Enrolled Enrollment Status for Financial Aid
0.5 - 5.5 Less than Half-time
6 - 8.5 Half-time
9 - 11.5 Three-quarter time
12 or more Full-time

For detailed information on your awards and disbursements, visit MyCerritos. Find out how to check for your disbursement.  For tentative dates for future disbursements, visit Disbursement Schedule.

How often does financial aid enrollment status get determined?

The Financial Aid Office identifies courses added every 1-2 weeks up until Census

Census date for 2023-2024

Fall 2023                    Monday September 4, 2023

Spring 2024               Monday January 29, 2024

Summer 2024           Monday June 10, 2024

Census date for 2022-2023

Fall 2022                    Monday September 5, 2022

Spring 2023               Monday January 30, 2023

Summer 2023            Monday June 12, 2023


Fall 2021                    Monday September 6, 2021

Spring 2022               Monday February 6, 2022

Summer 2022            Monday June 22, 2022 


The Financial Aid Office uses a census date each semester to determine the amount of Pell Grant and Cal Grant a student will receive for the semester. All enrollment will be locked on the financial aid census date at 11:59pm. Any enrollment adjustments (adds/drops) made after the financial aid census date will not be considered. Students may owe if they drop before census date and a charge will be posted on their student account.  Appeals may be accepted for late adds if there was an extenuating circumstance for adding late.