Federal financial aid regulations require us to confirm whether or not a student began attendance in at least one course order to establish eligibility for federal student loans. Further, a student must begin attendance in all courses if receiving Federal Pell Grant, Federal TEACH Grant, and/or Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG). Based on the information we receive, adjustments to financial aid awards may be necessary and will likely result in a balance due to the University.
Instructors will confirm which students began attendance/participated in their courses through the Howdy portal. Instructors may reference attendance records, graded assignments, quizzes, exams, or papers to confirm that the student began academic participation. If the instructor confirms beginning attendance in the class there will be no adjustment to financial aid awards. If we do not receive confirmation of beginning attendance in the course(s), we are required to adjust financial aid for (Pell, TEACH, IASG) based on the remaining hours enrolled. If we do not receive confirmation of beginning attendance for ANY enrolled course, we are required to cancel ALL federal financial aid (Pell, TEACH, IASG, Direct Loans).
In addition to potentially affecting current semester financial aid, drops and withdrawals are considered unsuccessfully completed coursework when determining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and will impact completion rate. If you drop below the necessary completion rate you may lose eligibility for financial aid in future terms. For more information on SAP, please review the SAP information below.
Repeated Coursework may also affect your financial aid eligibility. More information on Repeated Coursework may also be found below.