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Spring Registration Tips from Financial Aid & Scholarships

For federal financial aid consideration, it is not too late to complete the FAFSA for 2017-18. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete it immediately using 2015 income information. Now is also the time to complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA, if you have not already done so.  The 2018-2019 FAFSA was available as of October 1.


Federal Title IV Census Date

Coastal Carolina University uses the last date of the 100% tuition refund period as the official federal financial aid census date for all federal Title IV aid recipients. Per federal regulations, federal student aid cannot be awarded for classes added AFTER the institution's census date (100% refund period) for each term of enrollment. Please note that each term, including mini-terms, have a census date.

In summary:

  • In order to receive Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, Perkins, or Direct PLUS loans, you must be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credit hours on the federal financial aid census date. Classes added after the federal financial aid census date will NOT be counted as eligible credit hours for federal Title IV aid.
  • Pell amounts will be awarded based on the number of eligible credit hours that you are registered in as of the federal financial aid census date. Classes added after this date will NOT be counted as eligible credit hours for federal Title IV aid.

 Required Coursework and Federal Aid Eligibility

Your enrollment status, in part, determines your federal Title IV aid eligibility.  Federal aid includes the PELL, SEOG, and TEACH Grants, Perkins Loan, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and Federal Work Study. 

How is my enrollment status determined?

Almost every class you take has credit hours associated with it (for example ENG 101 = 3 credits). Check your class schedule against your program evaluation in WebAdvisor to verify that the classes you are taking are required for your degree program. Add the credit hours associated with your required classes to determine your enrollment status. Classes that do not fulfill core, foundation, major, or REQUIRED elective requirements within your degree program are NOT counted when determining your enrollment status for federal aid eligibility.

What should I do if I think one or more of my classes is NOT required?

Seek advisement immediately and take note of the last day to add/drop with no academic record. The sooner you recognize an issue, the sooner your academic advisor and a financial aid counselor can help you resolve it. Don’t let a reduced financial aid package impact the start of your spring semester. You will receive additional emails from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if it appears that your classes are not counting, please monitor your email at all time. Check your program evaluation today!

What if I plan to double major, add a minor, study abroad, get an internship, or take an experiential or graduate level course?

Because these circumstances may differ by student and degree program, please consult your academic advisor and a financial aid counselor BEFORE pursuing ANY of these activities.

What about my NON-federal aid?
Your enrollment status for non-federal awards, such as institutional and state scholarships, private loans, and external financial resources may include credits that cannot be counted in your enrollment status for federal aid eligibility (for example additional elective credits not required by degree program). If you are unsure of your enrollment status for a particular award, please contact a financial aid counselor.

Repeat Courses and Federal Aid Eligibility

A student may only receive federal Title IV aid funds once in order to repeat a previously passed course (i.e. one repetition per previously passed class). Subsequent repeats will not be counted towards enrollment for federal Title IV aid purposes.

* Federal Title IV Aid consists of: Pell, SEOG, Direct Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Perkins Loans, TEACH Grants and Federal Work Study.

The South Carolina Need Based Grant is not federal aid but follows all federal Title IV regulations.


  Scholarship Guidance

  • Institutional and state scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled at CCU for full-time attendance (minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours).
  • Please complete required certification forms for SC state scholarships that have been awarded to you.  This can now be performed via Webadvisor.

For additional information on tuition and fees, fee payment deadlines and payment options, refund dates, and bookstore purchases, please refer to the FAQ’s on the Office of Student Accounts webpage.