Federal student aid (Pell grant, Direct loans, etc) has to be split evenly between all of the terms in the school's academic year. If you are attending a school whose academic year is two semesters, then you can only receive half of the award for each semester. If you are not enrolled for spring, that half of the award is cancelled. This is because the amount of the award is based on the assumption that you will be enrolled full time for the entire year. If you don't do that, then you only get the funds for the part of the year in which you are actually enrolled. So, no, you can't use your spring aid in the fall. Most private and school scholarships are set up the same way--they're intended to pay for expenses for a full year, so if you only attend half the year, then you only get funds for half a year and the remainder is returned to the donor. However, each scholarship is different, and there may be a few donors who would allow a spring disbursement to be used in the fall.