Unofficial Withdrawal

 

Per federal regulations, schools are required to review students who received federal financial aid and did not pass any classes. An assessment must be made to determine whether the student earned the non-passing grades while attending classes or stopped attending classes but did not officially withdraw. Students who stopped attending classes may be required to repay a portion of the federal financial aid for that semester. If it is determined that a student never began attendance in some or all classes, aid may be cancelled completely.

Federal financial aid recipients who are not attending class are identified on the mid-semester class list by class instructors. If a student is identified as not attending one or more courses, they will receive an email from finaid-sap@uiowa.edu outlining the University's policy on official and unofficial withdrawals. Students no longer attending class are encouraged to officially drop individual semester-length courses or withdraw entirely through the Office of the Registrar.

If a student follows University procedures and withdraws, they will have an official withdrawal date and their financial aid refund calculation will be completed according to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Refund Policy.

At the end of each semester, all federal financial aid recipients who receive no passing grades (any combination of F, I, U, N, or W) will be reviewed to determine if the non-passing grade was earned while attending or due to no longer attending class. The Office of Student Financial Aid will contact each course instructor to determine the last date of attendance or academic activity. Students will also be given the opportunity to provide documentation of attendance or academic activity.

The midpoint of the semester is used to calculate the amount of federal financial aid refund the student owes unless a later date of academic activity can be verified by the student or instructor. If no attendance or academic activity can be verified by the instructor or student, it will be assumed that they did not ever attend the class. If half-time attendance or academic activity cannot be verified, all aid may be cancelled.

If academic activity beyond the midpoint of the semester can be verified in even a single class by the student or an instructor and the student began attendance in all classes, the amount of financial aid the student is required to repay may be reduced. If academic activity beyond the 60% point of the semester can be verified in even a single class by the student or an instructor and the student began attendance in all classes, the student may not need to repay any financial aid.

If a student unofficially withdraws, they will not receive a downward adjustment in contracted University charges. Therefore, any refund owed to a federal financial aid program is the student's responsibility and will appear as a charge on the student's next University bill.  Students with outstanding balances on their Ubill are unable to use their ID card for charging, cannot register for classes, and cannot receive official UI transcripts.

 

This policy is in accordance with Federal financial aid regulations published in the November 1, 1999 Federal Register, volume 64, number 210, section 668.22 and DCL GEN-04-03 Revised published November 2004.