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Home > Financial Aid Process > Census Date & Disbursement Calendars

Census Date & Disbursement Calendars

Financial Aid Census Date

The day a snapshot is taken of a student’s registration for financial aid purposes. Federal Pell, TEACH and Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants are based on UB credit hours registered by 11:59 pm EST on this date. There is a census date for each semester.

Be sure you are registered for the correct number of credit hours by this date — otherwise your aid may require repackaging which may also affect your student bill.

2016-2017 Academic Year Census Dates

  • Summer 2016: July 13, 2016
  • Fall 2016: September 6, 2016
  • Spring 2017: February 6, 2017

NOTE: There is no census date for winter session, since it is not considered a stand-alone term.

What is disbursement?

The process of releasing financial aid and posting the funds directly to the student’s account. A disbursement can be positive or negative. While a positive disbursement will apply funds to your student account, a negative disbursement will withdraw funds from your account. Negative disbursements may occur as a result of an overpayment of a financial aid award.

What is a refund?

The process of taking the credit balance on a student’s account and returning it to the student according to the refund schedule.

2016-2017 Academic Year Disbursement Schedule

Financial aid disbursements will begin on or after the dates shown on the timeline below and will run through the end of the academic year. Outstanding eligibility requirements, such as items listed on the student’s To Do List in HUB Student Services Center, may delay the disbursement of one or more funds. Financial aid funds are disbursed directly to the student’s University at Buffalo Student Account, with the exception of Federal Work-Study which is paid directly to the student via paycheck.

New York State Financial Aid Award Disbursements

New York State awards including the TAP Grant and scholarships are disbursed to the student account after 100% tuition liability is assessed by the Office of Student Accounts each term, providing the award is certified at HESC.

New York State STEM awards will not be disbursed to students’ accounts until after final grades are received each term.

Summer 2016

*Pell recipients registered for summer session will have grant aid disbursed to their account after the Census Date.

Summer 2016
Career/ Academic Level Summer Session Disbursements begin on or after the date listed below Financial Aid Census Date
Undergraduate (All)
Graduate (All)
Pharmacy (P1-P4)
Full 5/31-8/19 (I) 5/31/2016 7/13/2016
Session 1 (J) 5/31/2016 7/13/2016
Session 2 (K) 6/27/2016 7/13/2016
Session 3 (M) 7/11/2016 7/13/2016
9 Week (L) 5/31/2016 7/13/2016
10 Week (A) 5/31/2016 7/13/2016
begins 5/23/2016 5/23/2016 7/13/2016

Fall 2016, Spring 2017


Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Career/ Academic Level Disbursements begin on or after the date listed below Disbursements begin on or after the date listed below
Undergraduate (All) 9/9/2016 2/9/2017
Graduate (All) 8/29/2016 1/30/2017
Pharmacy (P1 – P4) 8/29/2016 1/30/2017
Executive MBA Year 1 9/16/2016 2/10/2017
Executive MBA Year 2 8/12/2016 1/6/2017
Medicine 1 8/1/2016 1/2/2017
Medicine 2 8/1/2016 1/2/2017
Medicine 3 7/1/2016 1/2/2017
Medicine 4 7/1/2015 12/5/2016
Dental 1 7/29/2016 12/23/2016
Dental Medicine 2-4 8/5/2016 12/23/2016
Law 1 8/22/2016 1/10/2017
Law 2, 3 9/1/2016 2/6/2017
Law Bridge 2, 3 9/1/2016 1/3/2017

Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.