Disbursement of Aid


Beginning Fall 2013, financial aid funds will disburse to students' financial accounts based on the following schedule.

Spring 2014

Spring 2014
Refund Generation

(i.e., Pell, Texas, Tuition Grant, etc.)
January 30
January 31
Federal Loans
(Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Plus)
Starting the afternoon of
January 13
January 14

Private Loans
(From your Lender)

Starting the afternoon of
January 13
January 14
State Loans
(Be On Time, Cal, Texas Armed Forces)
January 13
January 14
  • All Loans and Scholarships will begin disbursing the first week of classes as long as you are meeting the enrollment requirements.
  • All Grants will disburse immediately after the 12th class day of the term (the university's Official Reporting Day), if you are meeting the enrollment requirement.

This allows students to make changes to their enrollment status prior to the Official Reporting Day 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 2013-2014:

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. 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 Official Reporting Date (ORD), which is September 11, 2013, for Fall 2013 and January 29, 2014, for Spring 2014. For more information on Private Loan disbursement, please view our Alternative Loans Page.

Grant Requirements for 2013-2014:

All grants will disburse immediately after the Official Reporting Day (ORD), which is September 11, 2013, and January 29, 2013, for Spring 2014. This will allow you to make changes to your enrollment status without affecting your financial aid status. Since classes cannot be added after January 21 (for Spring 2014) or dropped without a "W" after January 29, grant awards will not require adjustments after they are disbursed. This will reduce the risk of students 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; 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 7 credit hours for graduate students

*Students expected to graduate Fall 2013 with enrollment less than the required hours are eligible to receive a grant award at a reduced prorated amount.

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, UH will forward the balance to you. You must activate your Higher One Refund Card and select how you would like to receive your funds:

  • balance transfer to your Higher One Account
  • direct deposit to your private bank account
  • paper check mailed to you only through Fall 2009 semester. Please see the Student Financial Services Refund's Page for more information.

For more information on activation and Higher One services, visit https://cougarone.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 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.

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