All Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are governed by the Higher Education Act (as amended). These are known as Title IV Programs. FSA funds are given with the expectation that the recipient will complete 100% of the semester. In general, the law assumes that a student "earns" federal student aid awards in proportion to the number of days in the term the student completes. When a student fails to complete any course in a given semester, due to either withdrawing or failing, a school must determine how much aid the student is entitled to receive. Any funds determined to be “unearned” must be returned the FSA program. This may result in the student owing money to the college. For example: If a student completed 30% of the semester, then 30% of the federal aid originally awarded is "earned". This means that 70% of the student's scheduled or disbursed aid remains must be returned to the FSA programs. Federal aid that must be returned is referred to as "unearned". A student must complete more than 60% of the semester to earn 100% of the federal aid awarded. This does not mean the student will be entitle to all the federal aid awarded if the student withdraws before aid has been disbursed.
This policy governs Federal Title IV aid only. This policy does not affect the student's charges; the college's refund policy will be used to determine the reduction, if any, of the student's tuition and fees. The student is responsible for paying any outstanding charges to the college.