Disbursement Policy

Disbursement of aid occurs one week before the start of the semester and will continue weekly, with the exception of holidays.

All institutional charges owed to the University (tuition fees, housing, campus fees, etc.) will be automatically deducted from your financial aid disbursement before determining your refund. If you are expecting a refund, allow 3 to 5 additional business days.  For additional disbursement questions refer to our frequently asked Disbursement Questions.


The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office offers awards based on full-time enrollment.   Prior to each disbursement, the system will verify the number of units you are currently enrolled in and disburse aid accordingly.  Most aid programs require enrollment of a minimum of 6 units. 


  • If aid is awarded based on full-time enrollment (12 units) and at time of disbursement you are enrolled in 9 units.


Pell and Cal Grants

Units                                         Percent of Pell Disbursed Percent of Cal Grant Disbursed
Less than 6 units* Adjusted amount Zero
6 - 8.9 units 50% 50%
9 - 11 units 75% 75%
12 or more units 100% 100%

*Credential Students must be enrolled in six Pell eligible credential units in order to receive the Pell Grant.

State University Grant
In general all students must be enrolled at least half-time in order to receive a State University Grant disbursement.

Federal Direct Student Loans

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 units.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 4 units.
  • If a student is enrolled in a single semester and it is their final semester (a graduating senior), their Direct Loans will be prorated based on the total units enrolled and remaining eligibility.

Courses that do not count as enrolled units and are not counted for a financial aid disbursement purposes:


Aid will be determined based on your actual enrolled units at Census which may result in the adjustment of aid.

  • Fall 2015 Census: September 28, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Census: February 19, 2016

An adjustment of aid may result in an over-award situation.  An over-award occurs when a student is disbursed aid in excess of their eligibility. Federal and state regulations do not permit students to receive aid which exceeds their financial aid eligibility. A change in enrollment may cause an over-award. Students are required to repay aid for which they are determined to be ineligible.


  • If aid was disbursed at 12 units and at Census you are enrolled in 9 units. The difference in aid eligibility must be returned to the University. 


Students who enroll or plan to enroll half-time, must update their units in the Accept/Decline Awards link on their My Sac State Student Center. Proportional adjustments to aid programs will be made in an effort to avoid overpayment.

Rev. 6/28/15