Undergraduate Students

Financial aid is offered based on the assumption that undergraduate students will be enrolled for 9–11 credits per 12-week quarter for the entire period of the award. When students enroll for fewer credits in a term, their aid may be adjusted at the end of the “add/drop” period to reflect their current enrollment status. Students must be enrolled at least half time to remain eligible for federal student loans. Undergraduate students enroll in two sequential courses over the 12-week quarter. Students should register for both courses before the start of the 12-week quarter to avoid disbursement delays.

Please note that if both courses are in the second six weeks of the quarter, the disbursement will be delayed until day 12 of the course.

Graduate Students

Course-Based Programs – Financial aid is offered for most programs based on the assumption that students will be enrolled in at least 6 credits per term for the entire period of the award. When students enroll for fewer credits in a term, their aid may be adjusted at the end of the “add/drop” period to reflect their current enrollment status. Students must be enrolled at least half time to remain eligible for federal student aid.

Tempo Learning® Programs – Financial aid is offered based on the assumption that students will agree to the minimum credit equivalencies per subscription period as defined by program.

Program Minimum Credit Equivalencies
per Subscription Period
MS Early Childhood Studies 4.25
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration 3.75
Master of Business Administration 4.5
Master of Healthcare Administration 6.75

Courses or competencies that do not count toward the degree or certificate: Generally speaking, in order to receive financial aid, students must be taking classes or working on competencies that count toward a degree or certificate offered at Walden. If students are enrolled in courses or competencies that do not count toward their degree or certificate (such as student success or remedial courses), they cannot be used to determine enrollment status. For additional information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Enrollment Statuses for Financial Aid

Enrollment Status Course-Based Graduate Students
(Graduate Certificate, Master’s, Ed.S., Doctoral, Post-Doctoral) Students  
Undergraduate Students Students enrolled in Preparatory
Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Tempo Learning Competency-Based Programs
Full time 6 credits per term 12 or more credits per term 12 credits per term 4 or more credit equivalencies per payment period
Three-quarter time   N/A 9–11 credits per term 9–11 credits per term N/A
Half time   3–5 credits per term 6–8 credits per term 6–8 credits per term N/A
Less than half time 1–2 credits per term 1–5 credits per term 1–5 credits per term 1-3 credit equivalencies per payment period

Residency Policy

Students cannot receive federal financial aid for any term in which they register only for a residency. The Office of Financial Aid reviews registrations at the start of each term and cancels federal aid for any students registered for residency only. All students are responsible for managing their student loan refunds to be sure they can pay for residency travel expenses when they arise.

Study at Another Institution or Study Abroad

Enrollment in certain programs of study at another school or study abroad approved for credit by Walden may be considered enrollment at Walden for the purpose of applying for assistance under the Federal Title IV financial aid programs.

For students to access federal financial aid, a consortium agreement is required between the two schools whereby the home school disburses federal aid for courses taken at the host school. The host school agrees not to disburse federal aid and to monitor the student’s enrollment for the home school. Consortium agreements may be made between Walden University (home school) and a host school if the student has been approved by Walden to take coursework at the host institution that will fully transfer toward the Walden degree program.

Walden degree-seeking students must submit a copy of the Walden University Permission to Take a Course at Another Institution form that is signed by Walden’s Admissions Office and a Consortium Agreement form signed by the host school’s financial aid office to the Walden Office of Financial Aid.

Students must also meet all other federal financial aid eligibility requirements. If Walden approves the student for a consortium agreement, Walden University will disburse federal aid to the Walden student account, and the Office of the Bursar will issue the refund to the student. The student is responsible for meeting payment deadlines set by the host school. Walden University does not typically pay the host school on behalf of the student, and Walden University does not alter the financial aid disbursement schedule to meet deadlines set by the host school.

Learn more about our Study Abroad programs.

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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