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Returning Title IV Aid (R2T4)

Returning Title IV Financial Aid (R2T4): QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

WHAT IS A WITHDRAWAL?

A course withdrawal means the student officially withdraws from the individual class online or by contacting the CRO.  The student receives a W grade, if s/he withdraws by the deadline date published each semester. The amount of the charges for the class will depend on the timing during the session or semester the student withdraws. 

IS AID AFFECTED BY WITHDRAWING FROM A SINGLE COURSE?

Sometimes aid from the state of Michigan (MTG, MCS) must be reduced due to course withdrawals, depending on the timing of the course withdrawal within the semester.

Also, if a course has a later start date within the semester, dropping it from the student’s schedule can impact eligibility for federal aid (Pell, FSEOG, student loans). Pell Grant eligibility is based on a student’s enrollment status (full time, three-quarter time, half-time or less than half-time), and student loans require continuous half-time enrollment.

WHAT IS A COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL?

When a student withdraws from or stops attending all scheduled classes for a semester, s/he becomes a complete withdrawal, and the university is required to determine the amount of financial aid earned by performing a federal mandated calculation, if the student was awarded any federal aid for the semester.  Throughout the semester, the Financial Aid Office is notified if a student becomes a complete withdrawal.  A student who unofficially withdraws, i.e., stops attending all classes prior to the scheduled end date, is also a complete withdrawal and a calculation of earned aid will be performed.

The university is required to perform the calculation any time a student does not complete his or her scheduled enrollment for the semester, and funds may need to be returned to the federal government, which means the student may owe a balance.

A student with a work study position must stop working immediately if s/he completely withdraws from the university.

HOW IS A WITHDRAWAL DIFFERENT FROM A DROP?

Dropping a course means that the class is removed from the student’s record, there is no W or other grade, and no charges.  The last date to drop a class varies each session or semester and is published by the university in the class schedule and online at www.davenport.edu/TuitionRefundPolicy.

Students should remember that if a course has a later start date within the semester, dropping it from the student’s schedule can impact eligibility for federal aid. Pell Grant eligibility is based on a student’s enrollment status for all classes in which the student began attendance (full time, three-quarter time, half-time or less than half-time); if the student never begins attendance in a course (i.e., drops it), the student’s enrollment status is reduced.  Eligibility for student loans require continuous half-time enrollment, and if a student drops a later-starting course required to meet the half-time enrollment standard, the student’s loan for the semester will be returned in full, and the student will owe a balance to the university.

WHAT IF THE STUDENT IS AN ATHLETE?

Athletes should always meet with their athletic advisor prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, as athletic scholarships usually require minimum enrollment levels.

IS THERE AN IMPACT ON SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)?

Yes, a student who withdraws from a course or courses with a grade of W will have his or her pace measure (completion rate) negatively affected.  In other words, a withdrawal counts as a course attempted but not completed.  W grades do not impact the GPA. 

Students on SAP academic plans should meet with the Financial Aid Office prior to withdrawing from any course, as withdrawals can jeopardize the successful fulfillment of the academic plan requirements.

DOES THE TIMING OF THE WITHDRAWAL WITHIN THE SEMESTER MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Yes, it can.  Students should be mindful of the last date to withdraw from a course with the grade of W each session or semester.  Also, the charges for the course will be owed in full after a specified date each session or semester, regardless of a withdrawal (see the refund schedule published online at https://www.davenport.edu/office-accounting-services/bursar/payments-and...).

Because a student’s enrollment for the semester is all of the session courses plus the semester courses added together, a student who completes a first session course, and then withdraws or fails to complete a course within the semester, is still considered a complete withdrawal, and a calculation determining the amount of federal aid earned is required.