The following three questions may be used to determine whether you are in a program offered in modules is a withdrawal and if the Return of Title IV Funds requirements apply:
Question 1: After beginning attendance in the payment period or period of enrollment, did you cease to attend or fail to begin attendance in a course you were scheduled to attend?
- If the answer is no, this is not a withdrawal.
- If the answer is yes, go to question 2.
Question 2: When you ceased to attend or failed to begin attendance in a course you were scheduled to attend, were you still attending any other courses?
- If the answer is yes, this is not a withdrawal; however other regulatory provisions concerning recalculation may apply.
- If the answer is no, go to question 3.
Question 3: Did you confirm attendance in a module beginning later in the period (this must be no later than 45 calendar days after the end of the module you ceased attending)?
- If the answer is yes, this is not a withdrawal, unless you do not return.
- If the answer is no, this is a withdrawal and the Return of Title IV Funds requirements apply.
These rules may impact you if you enrolled in modules and withdraw from one or more modules in the term, even if you have already completed some credits. The calculation to determine the percentage completed is based on the calendar days scheduled to be completed prior to withdrawing regardless of any courses completed that are less than the length of the term. The percentage of completion will depend on the timing of when you drop the courses, which may determine whether this will be considered a withdrawal or require a recalculation of your awards.
For example, you enroll in three modules for a total of 12 credits.
- If you complete module one for four credits but drop the other two modules prior to the census date of the term and do not return, then no return of funds calculation is required. Your Pell Grant funds will need to be adjusted to less than half-time; no Direct Loan funds could be received after dropping below half-time, and the cost of attendance (COA) will be recalculated to exclude periods of non-attendance. Your financial aid previously awarded may be reduced and you will need to return those funds.
- If you withdraw at five weeks before completing the first module and will not return for a later module, then a return of funds calculation is required using the total days in all three modules for the calculation.