What is the minimum credit required for financial aid eligibility?

  • For Undergraduate:
    • Full Time: 12
    • 3/4 Time: 9
    • 1/2 Time: 6
    •  Less Than 1/2 Time: 3
  • For Graduate:
    • Full Time: 9
    • 1/2 Time: 4 
  • For Medical:
    • Full Time: 12
  • For Dental:
    • Full Time: 11
  • For Law:
    • Full Time: 9

Note: Audited courses cannot be included in meeting the minimum required credit hours toward eligibility.


I have a bachelor degree. Am I considered a graduate student?

Not necessarily; only a student officially admitted to a graduate program leading to a masters or doctorate degree is officially a graduate student.


I am not a full-time student this term; am I still eligible for Financial Aid?

below half-time. You are not eligible to receive funds from the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), University Grants, or the Federal Perkins Loan. In addition, scholarships awarded to you based on full-time attendance may be reduced or completely canceled.


I am not admitted to a degree or eligible certificate program, can I get aid?


Are non-citizens eligible for Financial Aid?

A non-citizen who is in the U.S. as a permanent resident is eligible for federal student aid assistance. A non-citizen in the U.S. on a temporary visa is not eligible for federal aid but may be eligible for assistance through the University’s grants, scholarships, or employment postings.

I am admitted to a degree program at the University beginning in the fall term. Can I receive Financial Aid for classes during the summer term?

No, you must be officially admitted to a degree or certificate program in order to receive Financial Aid. If your admission is effective for the fall term, you will not be eligible before the fall term.

What about distance education?

You are eligible to receive financial aid in certain eligible distance learning courses or programs only if the course is a part of a program that leads to an associate, bachelors, graduate, or graduate/professional degree.

What if I am interested in studying abroad?

Once you are admitted to a Study Abroad Program, you will receive a Study Abroad Cost Estimate Form (SACE) that will include your specific program, programcosts, number of credits, and length of stay. You should then, make an appointment to see a Financial Aid Officer who may adjust your aid if you have additional eligibility.

What if I am seeking a second undergraduate degree?

You may be eligible for Federal Direct Loans. If you have a bachelor degree and want to receive aid for a second degree, you may have your college or the Office of Admission confirm admission in a second degree program. Students seeking a second bachelor degree are not eligible for most federal financial aid programs.



Why must I provide my parents information on the FAFSA?

A basic premise of federal student financial aid is that the family is responsible for educational expenses. Be sure to include yourself when entering your parents’ family size. Read the FAFSA instructions carefully to determine whether you are dependent or independent for aid purposes.

My (or my parents') circumstances are going to change, do I enter what is true now or what will be true on the FAFSA?

Enter what is true now. Use the most recent completed tax year information (e.g. Federal 1040 tax return). If you or your family has a significant decrease in income in the current year, or if a change occurs such as death or divorce, contact a Financial Aid Officer AFTER you receive your SAR from the Central Processor. We may adjust your award package.

My parents have not filed their tax return yet. Can they estimate their income?

Yes, they may use estimates, but the information must be corrected later to match the exact figures from the actual tax returns before aid is paid to you.

My parents are divorced, which parent should complete the FAFSA?

The parent you lived with most during the last 12 months should complete the FAFSA. If you did not live with either parent, or if you lived with each parent an equal amount of time, use the parent who provided the most support to you in the most recent calendar year.

What do I do if I made a mistake on the FAFSA and want to make corrections?

You should consult a Financial Aid Officer before making changes. Not all changes require resubmitting the SAR to the Central Processor.

I have a trust fund that I cannot touch until I am 21 years old. Do I report it on the FAFSA?

Yes, a trust fund must be reported because it represents your financial strength.


Common Questions

Is there any special funding for students in health profession programs?

Yes, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Allied Health have special funds. You must include parental information on your FAFSA regardless of your dependency status to be considered for these grants, scholarships, and loans.

What happens if I increase my credit hours after the end of the drop/add period? Will I receive more aid?

No, your aid is based on your enrollment at the end of the drop/add period. Aid is not adjusted after that date.

What can the Office of the Bursar help with?

  • Billing & Payment Due Date
  • Identifying Holds/Removal of Financial Holds
  • Receipt of Outside Scholarship and Direct Pay Third-Party Checks
  • Special Billing (Third-Party Contracts & Payment Plans)
  • Refunds

Questions concerning Financial Aid, including Eligibility/FAFSA/Fellowships/Scholarships/Tuition Remission/Loans & Grants, should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, located in Room 205 of the Administration Building.

Email finaid@howard.edu

What can the Office of Financial Aid Help With?

Questions concerning Financial Aid, including Eligibility/FAFSA/Fellowships/Scholarships/Tuition Remission/Loans & Grants, should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, located in Room 205 of the Administration Building.

Under what circumstances will a financial hold be released?

Only for those students who have enough awarded and accepted financial aid to cover their semester balances-or- those who have submitted documentation for an approved third party billing contract before the payment deadline will the hold be released. Please note, if a third-party contract or pending aid will not cover your entire balance, you must also pay the anticipated difference by the payment deadline. For all other students who receive a financial hold on their account, the balance must be under $250.00, no exceptions.

Where should my scholarship provider, employer, or other direct pay third-party send the check?

Checks should always contain the student’s full name and Howard University student identification number. The mailing address is:
Howard University
Cashier Office
2400 6th Street NW, Room 115
Washington, D.C.  20059

How do I sign up for a payment plan?

Follow these steps:

  • Log into Bison Web
  • Click on Student Services
  • Click on Student Accounts
  • Click the option to View and Pay Your Bill
  • Log into epay.howard.edu
  • From the main ePay page, click Payment Plans

Please note: Payment plans are available through Howard University ONLY for the current academic year and within the open enrollment period, no exceptions.

How do I set up a Third-Party Billing Arrangement?

  • Initial requests for third-party arrangements should be directed to our email, bursarhelp@howard.edu. Include your name, student ID number, and the nature of your inquiry. You will be contacted with further instructions. Please consider the payment deadline, and submit your request at least a week before the payment due date to allow for processing.
  • Returning students must submit third-party documentation for each semester they intend to receive assistance from a third-party. Letters of credit and financial guarantees, etc., must be emailed to bursarhelp@howard.edu no later than the close of business the day of the payment deadline, no exceptions. Remember, financial responsibility remains with the student regardless of any anticipated assistance.


If you have any questions regarding any of these topics, please contact our office for assistance. Many questions and concerns can be answered quickly and effectively via email, and will also save you an unnecessary trip to our office. Please make sure to include your full name and Howard student ID number with all communications. However, if you need to speak with someone, we are available Monday thru Friday, 8:30am – 3pm.

Howard University Office of the Bursar

2400 6th Street NW, Room 218
Washington, DC 20059