Disbursement Policy

The Scheduled Disbursement date is the earliest date the Financial Aid Office is allowed to disburse aid and not the actual date you will receive your refund. Disbursement of aid occurs on a weekly basis (on Wednesdays) starting no earlier than ten days prior to the start of each term, with the exception of holidays.

All obligations owed to the University (tuition fees, housing, short-term loans, etc.) will be automatically deducted from your financial aid disbursement before determining your refund. For additional disbursement questions refer to our frequently asked Disbursement Questions.


The Financial Aid Office offers aid based on full-time enrollment. You do not have to be in full-time units for a disbursement of aid. Prior to each disbursement, the system will verify the number of units you are currently enrolled in and then disburse aid accordingly. 


  • If aid is awarded based on full-time enrollment (12 units) and at time of disbursement you are enrolled in 9 units; aid will be disbursed based on 9 units. If you are able to add an additional 3 units at a later time, if applicable, the remaining balance will be disbursed to you. 

Each aid type has different disbursement requirements and some aid may be prorated based on less than full-time enrollment.  See Disbursement Chart  for more details.

Wait-listed course units do not count as enrolled units and are not counted for financial aid disbursement purposes.


Aid will be determined based on your actual enrolled units at Census which may result in the adjustment of aid.

An adjustment of aid may result in an over-award situation.  An over-award occurs when a student is disbursed aid in excess of their eligibility. Federal and state regulations do not permit students to receive aid which exceeds their financial aid eligibility. A change in enrollment may cause an over-award. Students are required to repay aid for which they are determined to be ineligible.


  • If aid was disbursed at 12 units and at Census you are enrolled in 9 units the difference in aid eligibility must be returned to the University. 


Students who enroll or plan to enroll in half-time must update their units in the Accept/Decline Awards link on their My Sac State Student Center. Proportional adjustments to aid programs will be made in an effort to avoid overpayments.


eRefund is the process in which refunds are deposited directly into any bank account. All refunds, including financial aid, fee overpayments and housing refunds are available through eRefund. Log into your My Sac State and go to Account Inquiry.