Most federal financial aid is disbursed in three equal payments over the award period. Generally, financial aid begins disbursing on the 12th day of the term. However, disbursements may be delayed if you are subject to academic progress review for a prior term.

Students in good standing may have an excess balance in their account returned to them to pay for indirect education expenses. Any time financial aid proceeds credited to a student’s account exceed direct charges; the Office of the Bursar will automatically forward the credit balance to the student, no later than 14 calendar days after the credit balance occurs. Credit balance refund distributions are made in accordance with applicable federal guidelines.

Students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees incurred after a full credit balance refund has been released (e.g., added courses and residencies fees). Any outstanding debt to Walden University because of a required credit balance refund is the responsibility of the student.

New students: Federal financial aid cannot be disbursed until all required official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions.

Current students: If a student is beginning a new Walden program within a term or payment period after completing a Walden program, federal financial aid for the new program cannot be disbursed until the student’s degree/certificate is conferred by the Office of the Registrar.

  • The Office of Financial Aid will continue to accept applications, offer awards, and process disbursements in the last 30 days of the term or payment period, but cannot be held responsible if funds are not able to disburse for the term or payment period. Delays outside of the control of the Office of Financial Aid can occur. For example, a student may not be able to obtain third-party documentation, such as Selective Service status information letters, overlapping financial aid forms, official transcripts, and Graduate PLUS endorsers in a timely manner.

Financial Aid Disbursement Process and Requests for Excess Funds for Tempo Learning® Programs

Walden’s financial aid academic year for federal student aid in Tempo Learning® Programs is defined as follows:

Program Weeks Credit Equivalencies
MS Early Childhood Studies 52 16.5
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration 52 15
Master of Business Administration 52 18
Master of Healthcare Administration 52 26.5

 

The academic year is also the loan period.

The loan period is then divided into two equal payment periods. The first payment period ends when the student successfully completes half the credit equivalencies and half the weeks in the academic year. The second payment period ends when the student completes the remaining credit equivalencies and weeks in the academic year. The loan amount for the loan period is divided equally between the two payment periods. Each payment period is then broken into two disbursements designed to align with the student’s three-month subscription periods. Therefore, in most cases, financial aid is disbursed in four equal payments over the award year.

All disbursements require that the student has submitted an academic plan by day 14 of each 3- month subscription period which confirms that they will attempt the full-time credit equivalency for that period. All disbursements also require the student must meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements and all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

Disbursements at the start of the payment period (with the exception of the first disbursement of the program) require that the student has earned half the semester credit equivalencies and has completed half the weeks in their financial aid academic year. Disbursements at the mid-point of the payment period require that the student has completed half the weeks in the payment period.

This disbursement schedule is designed to align with the student’s subscription billing period. It is important to note that a student’s pace or transfer from a prior school may result in payment periods and disbursement dates that do not fully align with the subscription billing periods.

If a student’s remaining credit equivalencies at the start of an academic year are less than the defined credits in an academic year for the program, it is possible for the academic year to be less than 52 weeks.

Likewise, if a student transfers to Walden with an overlapping enrollment from a prior school, this could also result in an academic year to be less than 52 weeks. Consequently, there may only be one payment period or one disbursement in the payment period. In these cases, the disbursement dates may not align with the subscription billing due dates.

Students in good standing may have any excess balance in their account returned to them to pay for indirect education expenses. Any time financial aid proceeds credited to a student’s account exceed direct charges; the Office of the Bursar will automatically forward the credit balance directly to the student, no later than 14 calendar days after the credit balance occurs.

Students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees incurred after a full credit balance refund has been released. Credit balance refund distributions are made in accordance with applicable federal guidelines. Any outstanding debt to the university as a result of a required credit balance refund is the responsibility of the student.

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven’t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 in the United States. If you are a current student, please contact a financial aid advisor at finaid@mail.waldenu.edu or call 1-800-WALDENU (1-800-925-3368).

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