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It depends on the type of aid you have and the timing of your withdrawal/drop of class(es).

If you fail to begin attendance in a class or you drop a class by the last day to drop with a refund for that class, the course cannot be counted in your enrollment level used to determine your financial aid eligibility. This is considered a drop before the last day to drop with a refund and its impact is described below. Keep in mind that courses that have start and end dates differing from the full term sessions may have an earlier or later last day to drop with a refund.

If you withdraw from some of your courses, but not all of them after the "add/drop period" for those classes, you are considered to have partially withdrawn. Its impact is described below.

If you never attend any courses, but do not drop each course prior to its published "last day to drop with a refund," you may receive failing grades for all your courses (Don't forget that courses that have start and end dates differing from the full term sessions may have an earlier or later last day to drop with a refund).If you do, and the financial aid office cannot determine that you attended and "earned" these grades, we are required to treat you as a complete withdraw. If you completely withdraw from all registered courses after the "last day to drop with a refund" for your courses, this is considered a complete withdraw. Aid will be recalculated and may result in a debt to the college. Its impact is described below.

  • Drops before the "last day to drop with a refund":  If you drop courses before the published "last day to drop with a refund", your aid may be recalculated and reduced based on your reduced enrollment status.  In some cases this can cause the student to owe a balance to the college. 
  • Partial Withdrawal:  If you withdraw from some, but not all, courses after the published "last day to drop with a refund", your aid will generally not be recalculated, and you will still be charged tuition and related fees for all of your courses. If you have loans that have not yet disbursed prior to your partial withdrawal and you drop below 6 credits, your loans will be cancelled.  If your loans have already been disbursed before a partial withdrawal, they will not be affected.
  • Complete Withdrawal:  When a recipient of the Title IV funds (Federal Direct loans, Pell, FSEOG, etc.) withdraws from school or stops attending class before more than 60% of the course has been completed, the school is required to determine the actual amount of Title IV funds the student has earned based on the student's withdrawal date of last day of attendance / participating in the course(s). 

You should always contact the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a class to see how this might affect your financial aid.  A review of both the Return of Title IV Funds policy and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy can also be completed to allow you to make the best decision for your circumstance.

It is important to note that regardless of when you withdraw from class, all students are required to complete no less than 67% of the courses in which they are enrolled in after the last day to drop with a refund with a  passing grade to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Use caution when choosing to withdraw from courses after the last day to drop with a refund to avoid losing your aid eligibility.  Always consult a financial aid counselor on campus prior to withdrawing to discuss possible ramifications.

Although owing money back could be a short-term consequence of withdrawing, dropping or withdrawing from classes could have additional long-term costs, such as the inability to receive additional aid in the future due to failure of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Last updated: 2020-05-29 10:48 AM 1-8797-8386-194
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