Financial assistance is disbursed in several ways. The type of financial aid awarded will determine how the funds will be disbursed. For some forms of assistance, the university will credit the student’s account, while other aid types may require students to negotiate the check with the Student Accounts Office. The university’s academic year begins with the fall as the first term, followed by the spring and summer terms. Disbursement of aid begins no earlier than 10 days before the first day of classes for the specific term. Thereafter, funds are disbursed upon availability. Please contact the Financial Aid office for disbursement procedures applicable to the various financial aid programs.