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Disbursement of Aid

PLEASE NOTE:

For Spring 2017, financial aid funds will disburse to students' financial accounts based on the following enrollment-based schedule.

Enrollment Requirement Spring 2017
Disbursement

Date
Spring 2017
Refund Generation

Date
Pell Grant

Grant amount is prorated according to enrollment

Starting
Afternoon of
Feb. 3 for
Session 1

Session 2 and 3
  Jan. 24

Session 4
  Feb. 28

Session 5
  March 27

Session 6
April 11

Starting
Afternoon of Feb. 6 for Session 1

Session 2 and 3
  Jan. 25

Session 4
  March 1

Session 5
  March 28

Session 6
April 12

State and Institutional Grants
(Texas, Institutional, etc.)

At least 3/4-time enrollment (9 hours of enrollment for undergraduate students)

Starting Afternoon of
  Feb. 3 for Session 1 (if student is active in required enrollment)

Session 2 and 3
  Jan. 24

Session 4
  Feb. 28

Session 5
  March 27

Session 6
April 11

Starting Afternoon of Feb. 6 for Session 1 (if student is active in required enrollment)

Session 2 and 3
Jan. 25

Session 4
  March 1

Session 5
  March 28

Session 6
April 12

Scholarships

Please verify on scholarship letter

Starting
Afternoon of
Jan.17 after 3 p.m., if enrollment requirements are met by Sessions
1, 2, 3

First day of classes for enrollment that starts on Sessions 4, 5, 6

Starting
Afternoon of Jan. 18 for Sessions 1, 2, 3

First day of classes for enrollment that starts on Sessions 4, 5, 6

Federal Loans
(Subsidized, Unsubsidized, PLUS)

State Loan
College Access Loan (CAL)

6 hours for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduates Starting
Afternoon of 
  Jan. 17 after 3 p.m., if enrollment requirements are met by Sessions 1, 2, 3
Starting
Afternoon of Jan. 18 for Sessions 1, 2, 3 (if student is active in required enrollment)

Private/Alternative Loans
(From your Lender)

Varies by lender Starting
Afternoon of
Jan. 17 (if funds are received by your lender)
Starting
Afternoon of Jan. 18 (if funds are received by your lender)
State Loans
(Be On Time, Texas Armed Forces)
12 hours Starting
Afternoon of 
Jan. 17 (if student is active in required enrollment)
Starting
Afternoon of Jan. 18 (if student is active in required enrollment)
  • All Loans and Scholarships will begin disbursing the first week of classes as long as you are meeting the enrollment requirements (listed below) and as long as your classes have already started. If you are enrolled in a session that starts later in the semester, your aid will not disburse until all of your sessions start and reach the Official Reporting Day (ORD).
  • All Grants will disburse after the ORD of your latest session, if you are meeting the enrollment requirements.

This allows students to make changes to their enrollment status prior to the ORD without adversely affecting their financial aid status.

Enrollment and Disbursement Requirements

Students must be meeting the enrollment requirements of their awards in order for their aid to disburse in a timely fashion.

Loan Requirements for 2016-2017:

The amount of Federal Loans you receive is based on your yearly eligibility and requires at least six (undergraduate) or five (graduate) hours of enrollment for the semester to be eligible to receive any amount. A completed Entrance Counseling and a signed Master Promissory Note (MPN) with studentloans.gov is required before a federal loan disbursement will take place. State loans may require you complete a MPN, and accept terms with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board prior to disbursement. Private/alternative loan disbursements will occur when the funds are received from your lender.

As noted on your student disclosure, changes in enrollment may result in delays, adjustments or cancellation of your pending aid. All students have been awarded based on an assumed full-time status. If you are not enrolled full time, your aid and refund may be adjusted. These adjustments will take place after the ORD, which is Feb. 1, 2017, for Session 1 of Spring 2017.

Grant Requirements for 2016-2017:

Your grant disbursements will not occur until we have reached the Official Reporting Date (ORD) of your latest enrolled session. The delay in grant disbursement will allow you to make changes to your enrollment status without it affecting your financial aid status by the ORD period, and will reduce the risk of you owing the University money because of an over-award situation.

Type of Grant Enrollment Requirements
Pell Grant The amount of Pell Grant you receive is based on the number of hours you are enrolled in, as of the 12th day of class for the latest enrolled session; the information you provided on the FAFSA, and your lifetime limits already utilized.
Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
At least 9 credit hours
*Texas Public Education Grant At least 9 credit hours
*TEXAS Grant At least 9 credit hours
*Undergraduate or Graduate Tuition Grant At least 9 credit hours for undergraduate students and at least 9 credit hours for graduate students

*Students who have applied for graduation for Fall 2016 should complete a revision request form to our office to adjust aid before disbursement.

Please note that if you have satisfied all application and disbursement requirements and met the conditions of the award, your financial aid will be automatically credited to your UH fee bill as payment during the scheduled disbursement time. If you have financial aid remaining after your tuition has been paid, the Bursar's office, known as the Student Business Services office, will forward the balance to you. For your convenience, the University of Houston utilizes BankMobile for refund processing. You must indicate your refund preference at https://www.refundselection.com/ and select how you would like to receive your funds:

  • You can elect to have your refund deposited to the bank account of your choice; or
  • You can have your refund deposited to a BankMobile Vibe account

For more information on BankMobile services, visit https://bankmobilevibe.com/.

For More Info: Disbursement FAQs.

Revisions and Cancellation of Aid
The University reserves the right to review, revise or cancel all financial aid at any time due to changes in your enrollment, financial and/or academic status or failure to comply with federal or state laws and regulations, including financial verification, audit procedures and University policies. In addition, all financial aid is subject to revision based on the funds received by the University from the federal or state government and any changes to federal or state laws, regulations or policies. This revision may occur after disbursement or after the semester has concluded.

Aid Revisions After Drop/Add Period
If your financial aid is disbursed at the beginning of the semester and you reduce your number of enrolled hours within the drop/add period, your aid will be adjusted to reflect your semester registration. If your reduced enrollment results in less eligibility for aid, you will be charged for the overpayment of financial aid — creating a balance due on your UH student account.

Undergraduate and Professional Enrollment

Hours Status
1 - 5 less than 1/2 time
6 - 8 1/2 time
9 - 11 3/4 time
12+ full-time

Graduate Enrollment

Hours Status
0 - 4 less than 1/2 time
5 - 6 1/2 time
7 - 8 3/4 time
9+ full-time