Students receiving Federal financial aid are eligible for those funds beginning the first day of class.  Various schools have various disbursement policies, and some schools do disburse early.  A student in the add/drop period where funds are disbursed early must be counted as enrolled at the time of disbursement, even if they drop later in the add/drop period; such students will likely be involved in return to Title IV calculations though.




Troy Milligan


Redlands Community College

1300 S. Country Club Road

El Reno, OK  73036-5304



Phone: 405.422.1206

FAX: 405.422.1204


From: Bair, Peggy []
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2012 8:42 AM
To: Common Data Set
Subject: [cds] when do you count a student as enrolled?


We have recently had a discussion with our admissions folks around the concept of enrollment and matriculation. Our admissions folks wait until the end of the add/drop period to say that a person is a student. Even if the student has enrolled for credits and is attending classes, if they leave before the end of add/drop, they refer to them as "melt" and don't count them as enrolled. On the other hand, the registrar's office has been counting students as enrolled when they enroll for credits. Does anyone have a clarification on this? It impacts a number of surveys. Thanks in advance.



Peggy Bair

Institutional Research Analyst

928-350-1110; Fax 928-776-5225


Prescott College

220 Grove Ave.

Prescott, AZ 86301


For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice


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