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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 2019-2020

Fall 2019                      Monday, September 9, 2019

Spring 2020                 Monday, February 3, 2020

Summer 2020              Monday, June 22, 2020


Fall 2020                      Monday, September 7, 2020

Spring 2021                 Monday, February 1, 2021


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. 

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