Adding and Dropping Credits
Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD): The Department of Education requires universities disbursing federal aid to have a posted date when a “screenshot” is taken of a student’s enrollment. Each university is required to adjust students’ awards based upon the credits the student is enrolled in at that moment.
What does this mean:
Dropping credits before and after the FADD may affect your federal financial aid. It is strongly recommended that any student dropping credits should contact the financial aid office prior to dropping to determine how the student’s federal aid will be affected. Students contacting the office should know which courses specifically they are planning to drop.
Students who submit their FAFSA after the priority deadline
Example: If a student registers for 6 program applicable credits but is late to receive their loan offers because the student’s FAFSA is still being processed, the student is at risk of having a different FADD than the date advertised on the Academic Deadlines calendar. For example, the student drops to 5 credits the day after the advertised FADD and the student’s FAFSA completes processing a week later, the student’s awards will be based on those 5 credits, not the credits enrolled in on the advertised FADD. If this student were to re-enroll in 6 or more program applicable credits, loans may be offered, but not Pell Grants.
Example: A student is registered for 12 program applicable credits, but the student’s FAFSA is still being verified. If the student drops to 3 program applicable credits the day after the advertised FADD date and the student’s FAFSA does not complete verification until 4 weeks after the advertised FADD date, the student will only receive the awards they qualify to receive for being enrolled in 3 program applicable credits. Even though the student was in 12 credits on the advertised FADD date, the student’s actual FADD date is the day the student’s FAFSA completed processing.
Because of complexities involved, it is highly recommended students contact the Financial Aid Office.
All students receiving BYU-Idaho scholarships will have their scholarships set at
Example: If a student is awarded an academic scholarship, the student must be enrolled in 14 credits on the advertised FADD to receive that scholarship. If the student is registered in 14 credits at the start of the semester, their scholarship will disburse. If the scholarship disburses and then on the advertised FADD the student is only registered in 12 credits, the academic scholarship will be returned. If the student adds two credits after the advertised FADD, the academic scholarship will not be added back on the student’s account.
University scholarships will be taken away/added back and adjusted on a students account until the FADD.
Example: If a student is awarded a general scholarship, and registers for 12 credits, the scholarship will disburse to the student for the full amount. After the scholarship disburses, during the first week of school, the student drops 6 credits, the scholarship will be reduced and the student will have a charge on their school account to return a portion of the general scholarship. If at the end of the student’s first week of school, the student adds 6 additional credits, the general scholarship will be reinstated* for the full amount of the general scholarship.
Students dropping credits after the FADD will not be required to return any portion of their BYU-Idaho scholarships.
Example: If a student is awarded a talent scholarship and is registered for 14 credits at the start of the term, the scholarship will disburse. If the student drops 2 credits after the advertised FADD,
Dropping credits before the FADD may affect your BYU-Idaho scholarships. Dropping credits after the FADD will not affect your BYU-Idaho scholarships.
* Awards may take 24 hours to update after courses are added to a student account.