You will receive an award letter for one academic year at a time. You can take the tuition and fees for each quarter from your statement and subtract out the amount of aid you are scheduled to receive. You can also take your anticipated tuition and fees by looking at your published curriculum. Multiply the number of credits you are on track to take by the cost per credit hour. Then add on any lab, tech, and graduation fees, as applicable. Subtract out your scheduled financial aid disbursement, per your award letter. If this number is negative, that is the amount you are scheduled to receive in a credit balance check.
Example: You are supposed to take 12 credits Winter quarter, plus a lab and tech fee. 12 x $280 (cost per credit hour) plus a lab fee of $150 and a tech fee of $450=$3960. This is the cost of your tuition and fees. Your financial aid award indicates on January 15th you are scheduled to receive $1657 in pell, $1155 in subsidized loans, and $1979 in unsubsidized loans. This financial aid award totals: $4791. Your total cost: $3960 Minus (-) your Financial Aid Eligibility: $4791 =-831.* Since the number is negative, you are eligible to receive a check.
*Make sure that your current balance is $0 however, or some of the funding will go towards your prior balance instead of to you.