Financial Aid

Withdrawal from Classes: Return to Title IV (Federal Aid)

Any student who withdraws or is expelled from all classes during the term, depending upon when this action is taken, may be refunded all or part of their tuition and fee charges. If the student is a financial aid recipient, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, as well as the student, may be required to return to the federal government all or a portion of the aid that had been disbursed to the student and/or the student’s account.

Tuition Refund Policy and Return to Title IV (Federal) Aid Policy flyer

TUITION REFUND POLICY

A student may discontinue all of his/her courses (for the term) by withdrawing from the term. Students withdrawing from the term will have their tuition assessed based on the University Tuition Refund Policy that stipulates the amount of tuition and fees that are refunded to a student who withdraws from all classes during the term.

Students withdrawing from the term will have their tuition and fees assessed depending upon when the student withdraws. The chart below will reflect the University’s fee assessment according to the following schedule:

TIME OF WITHDRAWAL

INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT

Before the first day of classes and through the first two weeks of classes

Students who officially withdraw before classes start or during the first two weeks of class will not be assessed any tuition or fees.

Third through the sixth week of classes

If withdraws by the end of the sixth week of classes, he/she will be assessed 50% of tuition plus the non-refundable registration fee and all associated course fees. A grade of “W” will be recorded on the student’s academic record.

After the sixth week of classes

If withdraws after the sixth week of classes, he/she will be assessed 100% of tuition plus the non-refundable registration fee and all associated course fees. A grade of “W” will be recorded on the student’s academic record.
* Permission to withdraw after the last day of class would require the approval of the Academic Standards Committee of the school or college in which the student is enrolled.


RETURN TO TITLE IV (FEDERAL) FINANCIAL AID (R2T4)

Students receiving financial aid have the responsibility to follow the college's withdrawal procedures as outlined in the University of Michigan-Dearborn University catalog.  The Higher Education Act requires the University to calculate a Return of Title IV Funds on all federal financial aid students who withdraw (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60% attendance point in the semester. A schedule is used to determine the percentage of the semester the student attended based on the withdrawal date/last date of attendance.  The percentage of the semester the student attended is calculated as follows:

                                                    Number of days in attendance
                                                    _________________________
                                             Number of days in period of enrollment

The number of days counted includes all calendar days in the period of enrollment including weekends and holidays, but excludes college breaks of five or more days.  The percentage of the period of enrollment the student attended is used to calculate the amount of the student's earned versus unearned federal aid funds. The unearned portion of the federal aid funds must be returned to the appropriate aid program in accordance with the order of return as mandated by law.

The order of return is:

1. Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
2. Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
3. Federal Perkins Loan
4. Federal Direct PLUS (Parent) Loan
5. Federal Pell Grants
6. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants
7. TEACH Grants
8. Iraq and Afghanistran Service Grant

The University is responsible for return the lesser of unearned Title IV aid or unearned institutional charges.  Unearned institutional charges ar based on the percentage of the semester the student did not attend.  The college is responsible for its return of funds first, followed by the student's return of funds.  The student is responsible for returning:

                                                Amount of unearned Title IV Aid

                                            -  Amount of aid the school returns
                                                __________________________

                                                      Amount student returns

If the student did not receive all of the funds that they earned according to the calculation, they may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement.  If the post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, the University must get authorization from the student within 14 days before it can disburse the funds.  A student may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so they do not incur additional debt.  The University may automatically apply all or a portion of the post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds to any outstanding tuition and fees.

The University must return its portion of unearned Title IV Aid (loan and grant) to the appropriate federal program within 45 days from the student's withdrawal date as determined by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  If the amount the student returns includes a federal loan program, the student is responsible for repayment of the loan in accordance with the terms of the loan program.  If the amount the student returns includes grant aid, the student must repay 50% of the grant received, rather than 100%.  The student must return unearned grant aid to the college within 30 days to avoid late assessments. Students who have been reported to ED by another institution for an Overpayment Status should contact ED to make payment arrangements to repay the necessary grant funds.

Students who stop attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn may not receive further financial aid disbursements, may lose some or all of the aid that has already been disbursed to their account, may be responsible for repayment of unpaid charges, and may be considered in overpayment status with ED.

Students who stop attending all classes with officially withdrawing from the college will be subject to a Return of Title IV Funds calculation at the end of the semester, based on their last date of attendance as determined by faculty.

NON-ATTENDANCE IN COURSES

If it is determined that a student has never attended course(s), a reduction of some or all financial aid may be necessary. At the time the office determines a non-successful grade, faculty will be contacted to confirm a last date of educational activity.  A non-response from faculty requires the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to assume the student  has never attended course(s).

Once a determination of earned Federal financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify each effected student of eligibility.

  • Eligible Michigan Competitive Scholarship funds are based on a formula provide by the Michigan Student Scholarships and Grants Office.
  • University funds will be reduced if a refund would be generated from these funds.
  • Loans disbursed in excess of eligibility are due based on terms and conditions outlined in the promissory note(s). Most Direct Loan borrowers will enter repayment six months after withdrawal--unless they begin classes on a half-time basis (6 credits undergraduate/4 credits graduate) before the end of their six-month grace period.

It is important to realize that a key component of satisfactory academic progress is course completion.  A total withdrawal contributes no credits to an academic transcript.  Absence of course completion during a term could be viewed negatively in positive  progress towards degree completion.  Questions and concerns should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 313-593-5300.  The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages all students to meet their academic advisor and to take advantage of the resources in the Student Success Center on the second floor of the University Center.