Withdrawing from Classes

HOW IS MY FINANCIAL AID AFFECTED WHEN I WITHDRAW FROM CLASSES?

We understand that unexpected events occur in life that will cause a student to withdraw from classes at Purdue University Calumet. Federal regulation requires financial aid to be awarded under the assumption that a student will attend the institution for the entire period in which federal assistance was disbursed. Withdrawing from a class may result in a student having to return funds to the aid program, or to the University.

The following policies will help you to understand how a withdrawal can affect you both academically and financially. We encourage you to read all the information below before deciding to withdraw from a class.

Keep in mind that withdrawing from a class may have long-range effects on your continued aid eligibility – effects that may not show up until the next semester or even several semesters later. In general, withdrawals have a negative impact on your ability to receive and continue receiving financial aid. If you think you may need to withdraw from any class, speak with your instructor and an academic advisor. Decisions related to your academic program should not be based solely on financial considerations, and an advisor may lead you to a better solution – one that may not require you to withdraw.

Important: Purdue University Calumet’s tuition/fee refund policy is separate from the federal regulation to repay unearned financial aid. Whether or not you receive a tuition/fee refund has no bearing on the amount you must repay to the federal aid programs. Find more information about the University’s tuition/fee refund policy on the Registrar’s site.

Failure to Begin Attendance

If a student receives financial aid, but never begins attending classes, the Office of Financial Aid and Student Accounts must return all disbursed funds to the respective federal, state, and institutional aid programs.

FRANK O’BANNON GRANT

If you meet the definition of full-time (12 or more credit hours) between the first day of classes and the end of the refund period (end of the 4th week of classes) and have been charged for each of those classes, you keep your Frank O’Bannon Grant for that term. If you withdraw and fall below a full-time status at any time between the first day of classes and the end of the refund period (end of the 4th week of classes) you will lose your eligibility and may owe monies back to the University.

NOTE: Effective Fall 2013 for Beginning Freshman

Included with other requirements to receive and continue receiving the award, scholars must complete 24 credit hours per year. Students who do not meet the required 24 credit hours in the full year will lose their award for the following year. The student will not regain their eligibility for the award until they have completed the required number of credits for their academic level. ie. Freshman/24, Sophomore/48, Junior/72. Classes that are failed, withdrawn from or incomplete do not count toward the required hours. For more information check the state Commission on Higher Education web site.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCHOLAR AWARD PROGRAM

If you meet the definition of full-time (12 or more credit hours) between the first day of classes and the end of the refund period (end of the 4th week of classes) and have been charged for each of those classes, you keep your Twenty-first Century Scholar Award for that term. If you withdraw and fall below a full-time status at any time between the first day of classes and the end of the refund period (end of the 4th week of classes) you will lose your eligibility and may owe monies back to the University. If you received that award for 12-15 credit hours and are still full-time but have dropped any classes, you may owe monies back to the University since this is a prorated award.

NOTE: Effective Fall 2013 for Beginning Freshman

Included with other requirements to receive and continue receiving the award, scholars must complete 30 credit hours per year. Students who do not meet the required 30 credit hours in the full year will lose their scholarship for the following year. The student will not regain their eligibility for the scholarship until they have completed the required number of credits for their academic level. ie. Freshman/30, Sophomore/60, Junior/90. Classes that are failed, withdrawn from or incomplete do not count toward the required hours. For more information check the state web site.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

Pell award amounts are based on your enrollment – full-time (12 or more credit hours), ¾ time (9-11 credit hours, half-time (6-8 credit hours), or less than half-time (1-5 credit hours) – at the end of the first week of classes of the term. (e.g. if you initially enroll full-time but withdraw to half-time prior to the end of the first week of classes, your Pell award will be adjusted downward to reflect half-time enrollment status.)

All course withdrawals recorded on your permanent record may affect your eligibility to meet Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and could result in a loss of Pell Grant eligibility in some future semester. If you completely withdraw from classes before the semester is over, Purdue University Calumet will determine how much of your Pell Grant you are entitled to keep under the U.S. Department of Education’s Return of Title IV (Federal financial aid) policy. In general, you have to attend for more than 60% of the semester to be entitled to 100% of your Pell Grant.

If you withdraw from all your classes after your Pell Grant has been paid, Purdue University Calumet must determine if you have to repay any portion of your award under this same policy. To qualify for Federal Pell Grant, you must complete registration and begin attending your classes. If you receive a Pell Grant payment for classes you have never attended, you must return the payment immediately to Purdue University Calumet.

Learn more about Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (PDF) and the Return of Title IV (Federal financial aid) refund policy.

FEDERAL WORK-STUDY,
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT,
FEDERAL PERKINS
AND FEDERAL DIRECT LOANS

To receive these funds you must be enrolled at least half-time (6-8 credit hours) as of the end of the first week of classes. If you initially enroll at least half-time at registration but withdraw to less than half-time prior to the end of the first week of classes, you may not receive payment of these funds. If you receive a grant or loan payment (except FWS) for classes you have not attended, you must return the payments immediately to Purdue University Calumet. If you completely withdraw from school before the 60% point in the term Purdue University calumet must calculate whether any Federal aid (except FWS) must be returned according to the Return of Title IV (Federal financial aid) refund policy.

If you are working in the FWS program you must stop working as a FWS student from the day you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. You do not have to repay any monies you have already earned. Discuss with your hiring department as to whether they are able to continue your employment as a regular student employee.

If you received federal student loans, your grace period will begin from the day you cease to be enrolled at least half-time. If you have not returned to school on at least a half-time basis before your grace period has expired your loans enter repayment.

All withdrawals recorded on your permanent record affect your ability to meet Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and could endanger your eligibility for continued Federal financial aid payment in future semesters.

CHANCELLOR’S SCHOLARS,
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP,
PURDUE CALUMET TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP &
GRADUATE DISTINCTION SCHOLARSHIP

To receive these funds you must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as of the end of the first week of classes. If you initially enroll full-time but withdraw to less than full-time prior to the end of the first week of classes, you may not receive payment of these funds. To receive these funds for subsequent semesters, you must maintain full-time enrollment throughout the semester and meet all other eligibility criteria.

HONORS SCHOLARSHIP

To receive these funds you must be enrolled in 15 or more credit hours as of the end of the first week of classes. If you initially enroll in 15 or more credit hours but withdraw to less than 15 or more credit hours prior to the end of the first week of classes, you may not receive payments of these funds. To receive these funds for subsequent semesters, you must maintain 15 or more credit hours throughout the semester and meet all other eligibility criteria.

ADJUSTMENTS TO COST OF ATTENDANCE

Withdrawals prior to the end of the first week of classes may result in a change to your Cost of Attendance which may then affect your overall financial aid eligibility. If an over award is created as a result of your withdrawal, you may be required to return funds to the University.

HELPFUL HINTS

Review Purdue University Calumet’s tuition/fee refund policy to learn how you may be financially responsible for the withdrawn courses. Review Purdue University Calumet’s academic grading policies (PDF) to better understand how the “W” grade may negatively impact your academic record. Learn more about how academic performance may affect your eligibility for financial aid by reviewing the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (PDF).