Registration Tips from Financial Aid & Scholarships
For federal financial aid consideration, it is not too late to complete the FAFSA for 2019-20. Go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to complete it immediately using 2017 income information. You can also complete your 2020-2021 FAFSA beginning October 1st to ensure you are considered for the best financial aid package for next academic year.
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, students must be registered in all courses as of the census date for eligibility, this includes classes in Fall II. Federal SEOG, TEACH, SC Need Based, and ISAG are also awarded based on these guidelines.
- To receive Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized or Direct PLUS loans, you must be enrolled in at least halftime eligible credit hours at the time of disbursement.
- Pell Grant amounts will be awarded based on the number of eligible Title IV credit hours that you are registered in as of the federal financial aid census date.*
Required Coursework and Federal Aid Eligibility
Your enrollment status determines your federal Title IV aid eligibility. Federal aid includes Pell, SEOG, TEACH, and IASG Grants, Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, 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 = 4 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.
Will dropping a class affect my financial aid?
You should contact Financial Aid and Scholarships if you are considering dropping a class. This action could affect your current and future financial 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 fall semester. You may receive additional emails from Financial Aid and Scholarships if it appears your classes are not counting so monitor your email. 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, 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 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. 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, TEACH and IASG Grant and Federal Work Study.
- Institutional and state scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled at CCU for full-time attendance (minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours). Please keep in mind that most scholarships require 30 credit hours per year, so you may want to consider enrolling in 15 credit hours each semester.
- 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 refer to the FAQ’s on the Office of Student Accounts webpage.
*specific student eligibility is determined by Financial Aid and Scholarships