Office of Financial Aid Office of Financial Aid


Census Date

On the census date, enrollment is locked for federal and state grant* purposes. Any classes added or dropped after this date will not affect (increase or decrease) federal or state grant payments.

It is very important that students are registered for all of their courses by the census date. Students who are given permission to add classes after the University census date deadline will be responsible for their new tuition charges unless they have federal student loan eligibility.

*Please note that the census date sometimes corresponds to the 100% tuition refund date, but that is not always the case. For a complete listing of tuition refund deadlines by part of term, please click here.


Upcoming Census Dates
Semester Date
Summer 2016 Friday, May 13, 2016
Fall 2016 Friday, September 16, 2016
Winter 2017 Friday, January 13, 2017
Summer 2017 Friday, May 12, 2017

*University Grant, Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Teach Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship

Official Withdrawal

If a student receiving financial aid withdraws from all classes in a semester, the student may be required to repay a portion of the financial aid received for the semester in which the withdrawal occurs. A withdrawal calculation is performed as required by federal regulations.

A student is eligible to retain the percentage of aid disbursed that is equal to the percentage of semester that was completed by the student (calculated daily). The unearned aid must then be returned to the appropriate federal aid program(s). The student will be responsible for the balance of unearned aid that is returned to the federal aid program(s).

Unofficial Withdrawal – Students Who Stop Attending Classes

A student who fails all of their courses or receives a combination of 'E', 'F', 'W', 'NC', 'U' and 'UN' grades for a semester is considered to have unofficially withdrawn from EMU.

If the student attended one of more of their classes beyond the 60% point, they may obtain documentation from their professors (such as graded homework, exam grades or attendance taken) to document their last day of attendance. Documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid for re-evaluation.

If documentation is not provided, the Office of Financial Aid must calculate the student's eligibility for Federal aid based on the midpoint of the semester.

Fall and Winter financial aid offers for undergraduate students are based on assumed full-time enrollment, graduate student offers are based on assumed 3/4 time enrollment. Summer financial aid offers are based on assumed 1/2 time enrollment for all students. Students who plan to enroll in fewer hours than we assumed for fall, winter or summer should contact our office to determine the effect on scholarship and financial aid eligibility.

This chart reflects enrollment levels for Fall, Winter and Summer semesters.





12 or more

9, 10, or 11

6, 7, or 8


8 or more

6 or 7

4 or 5