Financial Aid Refund Policy for Federal Aid Recipients Who Completely Withdrawal
Students who wish to withdraw from their courses must officially withdraw by submitting the online Withdrawal Form.
After the add/drop period, students may withdraw by completing and submitting the electronic Withdrawal Form.
After the third week of the semester, there will be no tuition refund. For complete tuition refund information see our tuition refund policy.
A student who completely withdraws at or before 60% of the term may have to return a portion of his or her unearned federal financial aid and may owe tuition, fees and a repayment of federal funds. Students earn their federal financial aid based on the percentage of the term that they have completed.
A Return of Title IV Funds calculation is performed when a student completely withdraws from all classes during a term. This calculation determines the percentage of financial aid the student has earned based on the number of calendar days the student attended divided by the number of days in the enrollment period. For example, if a student completed 30% of the payment period, they earn 30% of the federal funds that they were originally scheduled to receive.
In order to determine the amount of the semester a student completed, the Return of Title IV Funds calculation will use the student’s last date of attendance. For students who officially withdraw, the date of withdraw will be considered the student’s last date of attendance for calculation purposes. For students who do not officially withdraw, it is assumed that the student attended 50% of the enrollment period. Students who do not earn any passing grades and have a combination of FS, FN, and/or W grades are considered to be unofficial withdrawals and their federal aid eligibility will be recalculated as described in this policy.
The school must return funds in order up to the total net amount from each source in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG), Federal SEOG and any other Title IV programs no later than 45 days after the date the school determined the student withdrew.
The student or parent (in cases of a PLUS loan) must return funds by repaying funds to the following sources, in order, up to the total net amount disbursed from each source: Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan, 50% of Pell Grant, 50% of Federal SEOG and 50% of any other federal grant program.
The school will return the lesser amount of the aid to be returned as compared to the institutional charges multiplied by the percentage of unearned aid. The student will also be responsible for returning a percentage of unearned financial aid. This amount will be the difference between the amount of Title IV aid due from the school and the amount of Title IV aid to be returned. Any federal grant funds that a student is required to repay will be returned to the Department of Education by the institution on the student’s behalf. The student will return any unearned loan amounts in accordance with the terms of the promissory note.
The student will be responsible to pay any unpaid institutional charges incurred by the institution having to return Title IV funds.
If the student did not receive all of the funds earned, they may be a due a Post-withdrawal disbursement. If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, the institution must get the student’s permission before the funds can be disbursed. The student may choose to decline all or part of the loan funds so they do not incur additional debt. Students who wish to have loan funds credited to their account will need to make the request in writing to the Financial Aid Office within 14 calendar days of receiving their notification letter.
There are some Title IV funds that a student may have been scheduled to receive that cannot be disbursed to a student once they have completely withdrawn because of other eligibility requirements. For example, if a student is a first-time, first year undergraduate student and has not completed the first 30 days of their program before they withdraw, they will not receive any Federal Stafford Loan funds that they would have received if they had remained enrolled past the 30th day.
Once the institution has determined that a student has completely withdrawn, a Return of Title IV funds calculation will be performed within 45 days. The institution will notify the student in writing of their revised eligibility after the Return of Title IV funds calculation is completed. If the student owes unpaid tuition and fees, the student will receive an updated invoice from the institution.
Note: Important information regarding enrollment in only short-length classes
If you’re a student enrolled only in the 1st and 2nd 6/7 week sessions for a semester, be aware of the following example:
Example: You enrolled in one 7-week-1 session and one 7-week-2 session. You completed the 7-week-1 session. A Return to Title IV calculation is required to be run if you:
- Never return to take the 7-week-2 session, or
- Drop/withdraw from the 7-week-2 session after the completion of the 7 week-1 session, or
- The College cancels the 7-week-2 session and you choose to not enroll in a replacement course
This means that you may lose 50% of the financial aid you received for the course you completed in the 7-week-1 session.