Pell Grant and Financial Aid Census Day Information




Pell Grants are now (starting with 2017-18) available on a year round basis.

Priority Deadline for processing SUMMER 2018 PELL GRANTS, and all Summer 2018 financial aid,  is MAY 1, 2018.  Grants will be processed after May 1st but they will be processed in the order in which they are received.


Student who have exhausted all Pell Grant eligibility for the 2017-18 award year (24 or more credits fall and spring semester) may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funds for the summer semester/term IF THEY ARE ENROLLED AT LEAST half-time (6 credit hours or more).


A student was awarded a Pell Grant for the 2017-18 academic year of $5,370.00 The student enrolled as a full-time student for both fall and spring semesters.

In the past, the student would have exhausted their Pell Grant eligibility and not be awarded for the summer session.  However, now the student is eligible for a Summer Pell Grant!  THE STUDENT MUST ENROLL FOR AT LEAST SIX (6) SEMESTER  CREDIT HOURS (half-time) for the summer but if they do, they'll be eligible. Also, the student's summer award can not exceed $2,685.00 for the summer.  If this student enrolled in 9 credits (3/4 time) for the summer they'd be eligible for $2,014.00 for summer Pell Grant.


Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with WCJC's SAP Policy.  All students who receive a Pell Grant should be familiar with the SAP policy.

Students who have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and been awarded for the fall or spring semesters DO NOT NEED TO A NEW FAFSA FOR THE SUMMER. Students who have not completed a FAFSA for the 2017-18 year, and are seeking financial aid for the summer, should complete a FAFSA as soon as possible. See the WCJC Website for information on applying for financial aid.


Students who seeking Pell Grant for the summer sessions need to complete a SUMMER FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION and submit it to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

PRIORITY DEADLINE FOR SUMMER FINANCIAL AID PROCESSING (PELL GRANTS INCLUDED) IS MAY 1, 2018.  Applications received after May 1st will be processed but in the order they are received.




Financial Aid Census Date is the day that the WCJC Financial Aid Office will review all students receiving financial aid enrollment for the semester.  The number of eligible registered hours will determine the Financial Aid Award for the semester.  The Financial Aid Census Date will be posted on the WCJC website, Financial Aid landing page, under “Important Dates” on the Financial Aid homepage

How does this affect student’s financial aid award package?

If a student increases or decreases their enrollment level prior to the Financial Aid census date,  financial aid awards will be adjusted, as appropriate, to ensure that the allocation/award is correct. 

  • EXAMPLE:  If a student decreases their enrollment after the first class day but on or before the census date, the aid award will be decreased as well to match the enrollment status (as already explained).  However, the student may still owe some tuition and fee charges to the college because of the refund policy.  Students in this situation will be responsible for any balance owed to the business office.

If a student increases their enrollment level after the census date, the aid award will NOT be increased.  This means, for example, a student who is enrolled in ten (10) credits as of the financial aid census date, and who later adds two (2) credit hours, will not have aid adjusted upward to the full-time level.  Rather, the aid will remain at the ¾ time level.

  • If a student decreases enrollment level after the census date, the aid award will NOT be reduced. This means, for example a student who is enrolled in  thirteen (13) credits as of financial aid census date, and who later drops four (4) credit hours, will not have aid adjusted downward to the ¾ time level. Rather, the aid will remain at the full time level.

However, students who achieve a zero GPA may still owe a balance because of the required Return to Title IV calculation*. A zero GPA is the result of failing all classes or withdrawing(dropping) from all classes.

*For “Return to Title IV”, aid eligibility begins on the first day of classes and is calculated day to day, therefore, a student, with an aid award,  who drops all their classes, or earns a zero GPA for the semester, will be assigned a Return to Title IV (R2T4) status.  R2T4 students may owe a balance.  More information about R2T4 may be found on the website in the financial aid pages and in the WCJC Student Handbook.

Some additional notes about census date and financial aid:

If the initial financial aid award is made:

Before financial aid census day, awarding is based on the assumption that you will be enrolled full time.  (12 credit hours or more)

After financial aid census day, awarding is based on your actual enrollment status.









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