How Aid Disburses

Student aid can only disburse if:

  • Students must have completed all requirements before student aid will disburse. Check Banner to see whether you have any outstanding requirements.
  • Students must be enrolled in classes for the number of credits upon which your financial aid award was based


Student aid will disburse to the student account 10 days prior to the start of the quarter. There can be exceptions such as non-SPU scholarships and alternative loans.

Non-SPU scholarships

Most of the scholarship checks from other outside (non-SPU) sources will come to the University and automatically apply to your account.

However, some organizations require that you endorse your scholarship check. If so, we will notify you. At that point, you must come in to SFS to endorse the check so the funds can apply to your account. 

State scholarships

Through the State of Washington Student Directive form, the grant may pay charges directly or there is a choice to receive it as a refund check or direct deposit.

If  you choose electronic disbursement, financial aid funds automatically credit to the student account at the beginning of each quarter.*

If you choose to receive a check, your financial aid funds will be available by mail or by direct deposit at the beginning of each quarter — but they will not directly pay your student account.* You are responsible for ensuring that your student account is paid.

To receive your State and other non-SPU scholarship funds, you must:

  • Submit all requested documents to SFS.
  • Register for the number of credits upon which your financial aid award was based.
  • Ensure that you have completed verification (if required). You are responsible for any owing balance and late fees.

Work study

If you receive work study as part of your financial aid package, the expectation is that you will work; it is not a guaranteed source of funds. If work study is needed to pay the balance of the account, you are responsible for paying SPU out of your wages.