Semester Transition Frequently Asked Questions
Cincinnati State transition to semesters will begin for undergraduate students; full-time status required a minimum of 12 credit hours on the term calendar and will require a minimum of 12 hours on the semester calendar.
If you receive financial aid, you will receive the same financial aid annual amounts per eligibility as established by the awards you receive. However, the amounts will be divided between three semesters as opposed to five terms.
Financial Aid Award Year 2011- 2012
Two summers in one year, how can I use my aid? This school year will have two summer sessions.
Office of Financial Aid will determine if the student has aid eligibility left to attend the six week accelerated summer term, 12/SU. Students can elect to not accept all their aid for 2011-2012 award year in any given terms or can use aid from a term not attended. No additional aid will be given; the max available aid will stay the same.
How many credits will be required to receive full financial aid?
This remains the same. Full-time status for financial aid students will be 12 credit hours per semester. In order to maintain eligibility for student loans you will be required to maintain at least 6 credit hours.
Will the financial aid of transition students be altered by the conversion to semesters?
If you are a transition student, you will receive the same financial aid annual amounts per eligibility as established by the awards you receive. However, the amounts will be divided between three semesters as opposed to five terms.
How will the change to semesters affect my financial aid?
While annual amounts of financial aid awarded will remain the same, the amounts will generally be divided into three semester payments rather than five term payments.
The criteria for establishing your financial aid eligibility, and the total amount of your award, will not change because of the College's change to a semester calendar. The annual amount of your financial aid award will remain the same; the amount will generally be divided into three semester payments rather than five term payments.
Example: Based on full-time enrollment, if your Pell grant was $5,550 for the year under the term system you would receive $1,110 for summer, $1,110 for Early Fall, $1,110 for Late Fall, $1,110 for Winter, and $1,110 for Spring to total $5,550.
Under semesters you would receive $1,850 for Fall and $1,850 for Spring, and $1,850 for Summer to total $5,550.
If a student's enrollment status is other than full-time, the student financial aid package will be adjusted for federal aid purposes and reviewed each semester for eligibility prior to disbursing to the students' account.
Get Ready for 2012-13
Click here for information on preparing for 2012 - 2013.