When a student officially withdraws from all classes for the term, the Financial Aid Office will perform three steps in calculating how much of a student's federal financial aid must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education. This process has nothing to do with the Institutional Refund Policy that may be in affect at the time of the student's withdrawal.
Step 1: Determine how much aid the student is entitled to, or has "earned" by attending classes. The date that the student starts the withdrawal process and drops classes is the official effective withdrawal date and will be used to calculate the percentage of time the student was enrolled in the term and how much aid the student is entitled to receive or has "earned." The calculation used for this policy will use the total number of calendar days the student attended divided by the total number of calendar days of the enrollment period (minus authorized breaks of five days or more). The amount of aid includes funds actually disbursed plus those funds authorized but not disbursed at the time the student withdrew.
Step 2: Determine how much of the federal aid must be returned. The earned percentage is subtracted from 100% and determines the "unearned" amount of federal aid. This percentage called "earned aid" shall be subtracted from 100% and the results called "unearned aid" shall be used to determine the amount of Title IV money that Bellevue University must return from institutional costs to the Title IV programs. Institutional costs are defined as charges that Bellevue University assesses a student for education expenses that are paid to Bellevue University directly. The following education expenses are considered institutional costs: Tuition, fees, book charges (if purchased using a book waiver). If a student drops after the 60% point in the enrollment period, the percentage of Title IV funds earned is 100%. There is no institutional refund, nor is there a calculation of Return of Title IV funds. Prior to the 60% point, Bellevue University must determine the percentage of Title IV funds earned. Bellevue University shall return the unearned amount of aid to all aid programs in a timely and specified order.
Step 3: Determine who must return the unearned aid. This could be the University, the student, or, in some cases, both the University and the student. The unearned percentage is also used to determine, if necessary, how much the University must return of the federal funds it received as payment for tuition, fees, and bookstore charges.
In the case where a student receives Title IV funds greater than the "earned aid" amount, the student may be subject to a return of some of the funds. There are special rules for the return of money that the student has received:
- Loan proceeds-the student (or parent, in the case of PLUS loan), repays the proceeds according to the terms of the promissory note.
- Federal grants (Pell/SEOG )- 50% of the amount due in the return calculation is expected to be returned to the appropriate grant program. These funds must be repaid to Bellevue University within 45 days of notification or arrangements for repayment must be made with the Department of Education. After 45 days the student will be placed in overpayment status and not be eligible for further Title IV funds until this situation is resolved.
Once it is determined how much must be returned, the federal funds must be returned in an order specified by law. This order is: Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loan, Subsidized Federal Stafford loan, Federal Perkins loan, Federal PLUS loan, Federal Pell Grant, and Federal SEOG, and other Title IV Programs. Federal Work-Study earnings are not affected. Below are two examples of the Return of Federal Funds procedures for students who officially withdraw. Copies of these and other samples of Return of Title IV Funds calculations are available from the Financial Aid Office.
Example #1 (12 Week Session)
Student A's total institutional charges are $1900, which include $1619 in tuition and fees and $281 in books and supplies charged at the bookstore. The student enrolled in the Fall Evening 12-week session but withdraws from all classes after attending for 34 days. The 12-week session is 83 calendar days long. The student received a student loan for $2000 and was awarded a $800 Federal Pell Grant.
Step 1: The student has earned 41% (34 days/83 days = 41%) of the financial aid that he/she already received. The amount of aid the student received was $900 (Total aid was $2800 minus institutional charges of $1900 leaves $900). The institution has earned the same 41% of the $1900 it kept.
Step 2: The unearned percentage is 59% (100% - 41%=59%). This is the percentage of federal funds that must be returned to the Title IV programs. The total to be repaid to the Title IV programs is $1652 (Total Federal aid is $2800 times 59% equals $1652). The amount of unearned aid, which must be returned by Bellevue University is $1121 ($1900 institutional charges times 59% equals $1121). The amount of unearned aid which must be returned by the student is $531 ($900 refunded to student times 59% equals $531).
Step 3: The institution must return the $1121 to the student loan lender because student loans have the highest priority in the Return of Federal Funds order. The student must repay his or her portion to their student loan lender under the terms and conditions of their promissory note.
Example #2 (20-Week Session)
Student C has total institutional charges of $5,460, which include $4,680 of tuition and lab fees and $780 in books and supplies charged at the bookstore. The student enrolled in the Accelerated Undergraduate Degree CompletionProgram 20-Week session but withdraws from all classes after attending for 19 days. The 20-Week session is 140 calendar days long. The student received student loans totaling $5,092.50.
Step 1: The student has earned 13.6% (19 days/140 days = 13.6%) of the financial aid disbursed (13.6% x 5,092.50 = $692.58). Therefore, the amount of aid to be returned is $4399.92 ($5,092.50 - $692.58 = $4,399.92).
Step 2: The unearned percentage is 86.4% (100%-13.6% = 86.4%). Institutional charges were $5,460. The unearned portion is $4,717.44 (86.4 x $5,460). We are required to return the lesser of the amount the student unearned amount or the institutions unearned amount. That amount is $4,399.92 and is to be returned to the student loan programs.
Step 3: The institution must return the $4,399.92 to the student loan lender because student loans have the highest priority in the Return of Federal Funds order.
Withdrawal or Dropping Classes
Sometimes a student finds it necessary to withdraw/drop from the university before the end of a term. If a student drops a class or totally withdraws, he/she may cease to be eligible for financial aid or for a refund. A portion of the financial aid will be recovered and refunded to the appropriate federal program. Federal Regulations may require you, the student, to repay part or all of the grant money you were given under the return of Title IV funds rule. Students are encouraged to seek solutions to academic problems by utilizing the advising resources available though Student Services. When considering withdrawal from the University, students should consult with their instructors and advisors to determine if this is the best course of action. Withdrawals could impact student accounts, financial aid, tuition assistance and Veteran Benefits status, thus, students are encouraged to consult with their financial aid counselor or student account representative prior to withdrawal. Briefly, a student's withdrawal date is: the date the student began the institution's withdrawal process or officially notified the institution of intent to withdraw; or the midpoint of the period of enrollment for a student who leaves without notifying the institution; or the student's last date of attendance at a documented academically-related activity. Ceasing to attend class does not constitute an official withdrawal.
How to Withdraw
Step 1: Complete a Drop Form
To withdraw from a class or program you must contact your Academic Advisor. If you are a new student and this is your first term with Bellevue University, contact your Enrollment Counselor. If you are unsure who to contact, our OneStop Service Center can assist you in determining who to contact.
Step 2: Submit Form to Student Records
The staff member who completed the form on your behalf must submit the completed withdrawal form to Student Records.
Step 3: Student Account (Refund/Credit/Obligation)
The amount of credit to be refunded or obligation to be paid by the student will be determined by the tuition credit/refund policy in effect at the time of the request for withdrawal.
Step 4: Responsibility for Withdrawal
You are responsible for making sure the withdrawal process is completed. If you do not personally complete the withdrawal form, ask for verification of the withdrawal.
Step 5: Grade/Transcript
If you officially withdraw from a course(s) during the withdrawal period, you will receive a grade of "W" for the course(s). Official and unofficial transcripts will show all withdrawal activity including the course name(s) and the "W" grade(s).
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