If a student completely withdraws from the University and has utilized Federal Title IV funds (e.g. Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant [SEOG], Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan), during the semester in which they withdraw, the University will observe the federally mandated process in determining what, if any amount of money must be returned to the federal program (s).
Students who intend to withdraw from the University must complete the process as outlined in the University Catalog under the Academic Policies section. In cases where a student has received federal financial assistance during that semester, the Office of Financial Assistance will determine what, if any adjustment must be made. This determination will be based on the formula prescribed in the federal regulations for the return of Title IV funds. This determination is made on the basis of the number of the number of calendar days completed in the semester prior to the student’s notification to withdraw, divided by the total number of days in the semester. If the resulting percentage is greater than or equal to 60%, no return of federal funds will take place.
If the percentage is less than 60%, this percentage will be used to determine the portion of Title IV aid that has been "earned." The remaining amount must be returned in the following order:
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loans/Unsubsidized Loans
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS
- Federal Direct Graduate PLUS
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal SEOG
- Other Title IV Aid
NOTE: Refunds as a result of official withdrawal or leave of absence will be made in accordance with the University’s refund policies which appear in the Tuition and Fees section of this Catalog.
If the amount of money that must be returned to Title IV programs exceeds that which exists in the students account as a result of the University’s refund policy, the student will be notified as to the amount of any grant money that must be repaid. This repayment must take place in order for a student to reestablish eligibility to receive federal funds in the future. Any loan proceeds must be repaid will become part of the normal repayment procedures for the loan program.