Your cost of attendance and your awards are based on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for the term.
If you are enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more for undergraduate students, 9 credit hours or more for graduate students), your financial aid awards will be the maximum amount you are eligible for as a full-time student.
If you are enrolled less than full time (less than 12 credit hours for undergraduate students, less than 9 credit hours for graduate students), your financial aid awards may automatically adjust to match your level of enrollment.
Because financial aid can be impacted when you add or drop a class, it is important to make minimal changes after you register for classes — especially after the start of the semester. It is also important that you participate in the classes for which you receive financial aid. Failure to participate in your classes can result in a reduction or cancellation of your financial aid.
This is especially important if you enrolled in session B. Any changes to session B classes after the start of session A or at any time during the semester could impact your financial aid. Changes may require money already disbursed to you to be billed back, resulting in a charge on your account.
Work with your academic advisor to make sure you have a good plan at the beginning of session A for your registered courses throughout the semester.
Award adjustments are updated in My ASU every weekday except university-recognized holidays. Any changes you make to your enrollment that cause your aid to adjust will need to be made by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in order for you to see your award adjustment reflected in My ASU the following weekday.
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*Please note, this is an example for an online student. To view tuition and fee structures for other types of students, visit here.
Let’s say that on Monday you’re registered for 12 credit hours. On Wednesday before 5 p.m., you drop a class, leaving you enrolled in nine credit hours. Any financial aid awarded to you — including grants, merit scholarships and loans — could be reduced to match the decrease in your tuition amount. You will see this change in your Finances tab in My ASU on Thursday.
If you add a class and are again enrolled full time at 12 credit hours, the next day you will see your award adjusted back up to match the increase in your tuition amount.
Remember, if you are receiving a New American University Scholarship, College Attainment Grant or Obama Scholarship, your award will be canceled if you are enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester.
See the chart below for an example of how a reduction in hours for an online student from full time to half time affects their tuition and financial aid.