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Santa Monica College|Enrollment Development|Financial Aid and Scholarships|What is the Financial Aid Census Day? And why is it important?

What is the Financial Aid Census Day? And why is it important?

Financial Aid Census DatesĀ are the days that SMC will take a "snapshot" of your enrollment for the semester.

Fall 2015: November 3, 2015

Spring 2016: April 26, 2016

Key Financial Aid Census Notes:

  • Since your enrollment level (full time, 3/4 time, 1/2 time, or "less than halftime") determines your grant eligibility for the term, this enrollment snapshot will determine what your actual grant payment will be.
  • In addition, if you drop below half time by FA Census Day-- and already received a payment at the full time,
    3/4 time, or 1/2 time level -- you will be considered to have been overpaid and will need to return funds to SMC.
  • If you add classes after the FA Census Day -- they will not be counted for grant payment purposes.
  • If you drop classes after the FA Census Day (as long as you don't drop all classes) -- you will not owe any money back to SMC.

    (However, if you drop too many classes it could affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress status --
    by lowering your "completion rate.")

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