Freeze Date Policy

What is a Freeze Date?

Eligibility for financial aid at McDaniel College is based on the number of credit hours you are enrolled and attending/participating in at the end of the add/drop period for the fall and spring terms, defined as the Freeze Date. Financial aid may be adjusted if your enrollment on the Freeze Date differs from the enrollment initially used to determine your financial aid eligibility.

What does this mean?

Financial aid eligibility is determined based on level of enrollment. Certain types of financial aid require full-time enrollment to maintain eligibility; other types of financial aid only require half-time enrollment. If you receive financial aid that is based on full-time enrollment and have reduced your credit hours as of the Freeze Date, an award may be cancelled and you may be billed for lost aid.


You enrolled in 12 credit hours (full-time status) at the beginning of the semester and received financial aid based on full-time enrollment. You later dropped or withdrew from a 3 credit hour course. At the Freeze Date, your actual enrollment is 9 credit hours (three-quarter-time status). Your financial aid eligibility will be recalculated to reflect three-quarter-time enrollment.

What can you do?

If you anticipate a change in enrollment, please contact our office to determine how this change will impact your financial aid.

Enrollment requirements for different types of aid are listed below:

Please note that wait-listed courses do not count towards credit requirements where financial aid is concerned.

  • Institutional Scholarships and tuition waivers :  Full-time
  • Pell Grants:  Full-time (prorated at ¾ time, ½ time and less than ½ time)
  • All institutional grants:  Full-time
  • Loans (including Stafford Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS, Private/Alternative ):  Half-time
  • Work-Study:  Half-Time

Full-time enrollment – 12 credits per semester for undergraduates, 9 credits for graduates

Half-time enrollment – 6 credits per semester for undergraduates, 6 credits for graduate students

Module-based classes

If a student already received a financial aid award letter, any module-based class(es) added after the freeze date will not be counted towards financial aid enrollment status for the semester for all types of aid except loans. If a student plans to enroll in any module-based class(es), please do so before the freeze date. No exceptions will be made. Visit the Class Eligibility policy page for more information about modules.

When is the Freeze Date?

Please contact the Registrar's office for current Freeze Date Information.