How Your Aid Award is Determined

All Financial Aid awards and their payments are made on condition that the student is admitted and enrolled in courses at Delta College. Several factors like the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the student's determined Cost of Attendance (COA), among others, are used to calculate the amount of the student's Financial Aid award(s).

Course Load

One other additional factor is the number of units the student takes during the semester, which is called the student's Course/Class Load. Usually, the greater the number of units a student takes, the greater the amount of financial aid the student may qualify for.

Course Load Units
Full-Time 12 or more units
Three-Quarter Time 9 to 11.5 units
Half-Time 6 to 8.5 units
Less Than Half-Time [1] 0.5 to 5.5 units

Late-Starting/Short-Term Classes will not count towards your enrollment status until the class actually begins. As a result, your disbursement will be reduced or delayed until then.

Changing your course load during a semester may significantly impact your financial aid awards. Withdrawals can cause the cancellation of any remaining financial aid awards. Should your course load change during a semester, notify your Financial Aid Specialist immediately.


[1]Less Than Half-Time awards and payments are significantly different from other course loads with regards to Financial Aid. As a result, it is highly recommended that students notify the Financial Aid Department should they plan to enroll in fewer than six (6) units.