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Unofficial Withdrawal

If a student stops attending all classes during a semester without going through the University’s withdrawal process this is considered an "unofficial withdrawal." At the end of each semester the OSFA identifies all students who did not pass at least one class and will work with the colleges to document the last date of attendance. Using that information, a studentís aid eligibility will be recalculated using a federal Return of Funds calculation.

Reducing Hours

If a student reduces hours prior to the end of the add/drop period, financial aid will be adjusted accordingly. If a student receives a refund based upon higher enrollment, they may need to repay the funds after the adjustment.

Reducing vs. Withdrawing

Tuition and financial aid may be adjusted any time a student reduces hours. Withdrawing partial hours after the add/drop period does not affect current term aid or enrollment hours; students will receive a grade of "W" for the withdrawn course(s). Receiving grades of "W" can impact future aid eligibility by lowering credit completion ratio. See the SAP Policy for more information about completion ratio requirements.

If enrollment hours are retroactively reduced resulting in a student not meeting minimum enrollment for aid programs received, tuition assessment and eligibility for financial aid may be affected. This can occur at any point during the term, as well as after the term has ended.

Contact the OSFA with questions about how changes in enrollment can affect current or future financial aid eligibility.

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