Census Date

Census Date

Baker College uses a Census date to determine Pell Grant eligibility. The Census date refers to the point at which your enrollment credit hours are locked for Pell Grant purposes. The Census date does not apply to other forms of financial aid (loans, Baker College grant, etc.). Below is a list of Census dates by quarter:

2013-2014 Census Dates
Summer Quarter 2013 - July 2, 2013 Fall Quarter 2013 - October 8, 2013
Winter Quarter 2014 - January 21, 2014 Spring Quarter 2014 - April 15, 2014

The classes which you are registered for at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the Census date will determine Pell Grant eligibility. The same date is used for second session online classes, so don"t delay registration. Credit hours added after the census date cannot be used to increase Pell Grant eligibility.

Credit Hours Enrollment Status
12 and above Full Time
9 to 11 Three-Quarter Time
6 to 8 Half -Time
Less than 6 Less than Half -Time

For example: If you are registered for 8 credit hours on or before the census date for the quarter, you will be awarded Pell at the half-time award status. If you add a 4 credit class after the census date, which brings your total credit hours to 12, your Pell award status does not change and you will not receive an increase in your Pell Grant for the added class.

  • The financial aid awards will not post to your account until after the Census date. You can still purchase books on account at the bookstore as you have in the past.
  • The amount of Pell Grant funds that are applied to your account will be based on the classes that you have attended.

Other important information to consider when making class schedule changes:

  • You may contact the Financial Aid Office for details about how enrollment changes will affect your financial aid awards other than the Pell Grant.
  • Changes to your class schedule may require additional time to determine if Federal reductions are required, which might delay your refund.
  • If your class schedule change requires a Return of Title IV calculation, then Pell may be adjusted under those separate rules.
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