Important Message About Tuition Fees For Financial Aid Recipients

For Fall 2021 Financial Aid Recipients

You are eligible for a Financial Aid Tuition Deferment if you meet any of the following:

  • We have received your FAFSA or CA Dream Application
  • You have anticipated aid showing on your student portal. Anticipated aid could be a grant or an accepted loan.
  • You are an active applicant selected for additional verification and you have submitted at least one of the required check list items from your To Do list.
  • You are a recipient or an active applicant and have a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) hold and have submitted a SAP appeal. 
  • If any of the following award estimates are reported in your Financial Aid award screen: Americorps, CA National Guard, Chafee grant, Child Development, Gear Up, or Stipends
  • *Scholarship ONLY recipients: If the only type of aid you are receiving is a scholarship, you will ONLY be eligible for a fee deferment if the actual scholarship check or disbursement request has been received and fully processed by the university AND the award amount is visible in your Award Summary in the student portal. Estimated or reported scholarship amounts will not defer the payment deadline.

In order for your funds to disburse:

  • Accept your financial aid on
  • Ensure that your enrollment meets the requirements of your grants, loans or scholarships. Specific unit requirements for each aid type can be found at: Financial Aid Programs. Click on each specific aid type.
  • Complete any actions on the "To Do" list 
  • Clear any holds that may prevent your disbursement.


  • The first disbursement date for Fall 2021 will be on August 19th, 2021. After that, financial aid disbursements occur every Wednesday.
    • If you are expecting a refund for any leftover aid after tuition and/or housing fees are paid, expect it to arrive in your direct deposit account in 3-5 business days. If you are not enrolled in direct deposit, a check will be issued and mailed to you at your mailing address on file with the University. 
    • If your financial aid was not sufficient enough to cover tuition charges, you must pay by the deadline date set by the Bursar's office, otherwise, students will be charged an administrative late fee.
  • Your financial aid award is based on full time units. Students enrolled less than full time may see funds disbursed on a prorated basis or not disbursed at all if the student fails to meet the enrollment requirements.
    • For example, if you have a Federal Pell Grant award but are enrolled in less than 12 units at the time of disbursement, you will only receive a portion of your grant.

Dropping Classes

Because you are receiving this deferment, you must be sure that if you do not intend on taking classes this Fall you contact the Registrar to have your classes dropped. Otherwise you will be responsible for paying a portion of tuition if your classes are dropped later in the term.