Return of Title IV Aid

It is important that you consider very carefully the consequences of withdrawing from your classes. If you do withdraw from your classes, you may be required to return your Title IV Aid (including federal grants, loans, and work-study programs).

Refund Policy for Return to Title IV

Under the Higher Education Amendment regulation called Return of Title IV Funds, all students receiving Title IV federal grant or loan assistance who withdraw from the institution in the first 60% of the term are subject to the Return of Title IV Fund policy. This regulation affects the calculation of aid to be returned as well as repayment procedures. The percentage of aid earned by a Title IV student is determined by calculating the percentage of the period that the student completed.

If the student completes less than 60% of the term, the percentage of aid earned equals the percentage of the completed period. A portion of the Title IV funds (Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Loan, Unsubsidized Direct Loan) awarded to the student must be returned.

The calculation of the return of these funds may result in the student owing a balance to Lone Star College and/or the Department of Education. It is the studentís responsibility to officially withdraw from all classes. If the student completes 60% or more, the student earns 100% of aid.

Students who are no longer attending at least six credit hours at the time loan funds are scheduled to be disbursed are not eligible to receive those funds. The loan will be cancelled and all loan funds returned to the Department of Education.

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term. ALL Title IV financial aid programs must be recalculated in these situations.

If a student leaves LSC prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term, the financial aid office recalculates eligibility for Title IV funds. Recalculation is based on the percentage of aid earned and must recalculate their aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Percentage of payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of aid earned.

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal programs based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula: Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution and/or the student may be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 45 days of the student's withdrawal.

The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student's withdrawal.

As a non-attendance taking institution; in cases of student receiving all grades of Fs or combination thereof, Fs and Ws, for the term, the institution will conclude that the grades were unearned, unless the student otherwise notifies the department. The return to title IV calculation will be processed as an unofficial withdrawal using 50% of the term, when no withdrawal date is available.

Refunds Are Allocated in the Following Order

  1. Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  2. Subsidized Direct Loans
  3. Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans
  4. Federal Pell Grants 
  5. Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  6. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
  7. TEACH Grants

Repayment of Return of Title IV

The student has up to 45 days from the time the return of Title IV calculation is made to repay their funds in order to keep Title IV eligibility.  To pay your return of Title IV balance please contact your campus business office.

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