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[Tuition and Other Expenses]

Impact of Withdrawal on Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

In addition to the financial impact on institutional costs and charges noted earlier in this section related to withdrawal from all classes in an enrollment period, student recipients of federal Title IV aid (Federal Pell Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Alabama State Grants) are subject to additional rules and regulations that may result in cancellation or reduction of federal Title IV aid upon withdrawal from classes in an enrollment period.

Although federal aid is normally disbursed at the beginning of an enrollment period, this aid is "earned" as the student attends classes throughout the period. The difference in awarded and "earned" aid at the point of withdrawal may result in the need to return "unearned" aid.

Reductions in aid associated with the institutional cost portion (tuition, dorm charges, course fees) resulting from withdrawal from all classes for the enrollment period will be returned to each source of aid/scholarship received by the student, up to the total amount received from each source, in the following order:

  1. Federal Direct Loan(s), Unsubsidized
  2. Federal Direct Loan(s), Subsidized
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal Direct Loan(s), PLUS
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. Federal SEOG Grant
  7. Other aid or scholarships

Any remaining credit, after these cancellations have occurred, will be returned to the student (net of any charges remaining on the student account).

In some circumstances, withdrawal may result in the student assuming the liability for the payment of any remaining institutional charges for the enrollment period in addition to any miscellaneous charges outstanding on the student account.

A federal aid recipient who withdraws from an enrollment period is subject to possible repayment of federal aid disbursed to the student (after payment of institutional charges) for living expenses and other educational needs. If the cash disbursed is greater than the "earned" portion of the aid at the point of withdrawal, it may be necessary for the student to repay all or a portion of the federal aid received.

For further information and a copy of a worksheet used to determine how much, if any aid, is to be returned, contact the Office of Student Receivables, 105 Student Services Center, (205) 348-5350.