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Attendance and Financial Aid

Financial assistance whether grants or loans, is awarded to you on the assumption that you will attend and be academically engaged in your classes for the entire length of the semester. Any changes you make to your schedule such as dropping a class, adding a class, failing a class or not attending a class, may impact your financial assistance for not only the current semester and for future semesters too.

Classes added after the census date (end of the 50 percent refund period), even with a permit from the instructor, will not be included in determining your financial assistance disbursement.

Please refer to your student schedule in myACCESS for specific refund dates or contact Student Registration Services at (630) 942-2377.

This depends on at what point in the term the class is dropped. Please refer to the following chart for additional information.

Please refer to your student schedule in MyACCESS for specific refund dates or contact the Registration Office at (630) 942-2377.

Actual disbursement amount will be based on your enrollment status.

  • In accordance with Federal Regulations, your financial assistance must be reviewed and adjusted for any class reported that you are not attending. Federal Regulations require active participation in class to be eligible for Federal funds.
  • Your Pell Grant eligibility must be adjusted to reflect only classes in which you are academically engaged. The Pell Grant is reduced for any classes that are reported as Non Attend.
  • Federal Direct Loans will have no additional disbursements made if it is determined that you are attending less than six eligible credit hours.
  • If you have not attended any of your classes for the semester, you will risk losing all of your financial assistance for the semester. 

  • If you receive financial assistance, but never attend classes, the Office of Student Financial Assistance must return all disbursed funds to their respective federal aid programs (this applies to grants and loans). You are considered attending if you have been engaging in academic related activities pertaining to your classes. Federal assistance must be reduced for any class reported as non attend, which may result in a balance due to the school.
  • Examples of an academic related activity are:
    • Exams or quizzes
    • Completion of an academic assignment, paper or project
    • Participating in an online discussion about academic matters
    • Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course
  • You will be notified via your COD email if financial assistance was adjusted due to non attend.

  • Federal Regulations require Title IV financial assistance funds to be awarded under the assumption that you will attend the institution for the entire period in which federal assistance was awarded. When you withdraws from all courses for any reason, including medical withdrawals, you may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that you were originally scheduled to receive. The Return of Title IV Funds Policy is based upon the premise that students earn their financial assistance in proportion to the amount of time in which they are enrolled.
  • Based on this calculation, College of DuPage students who receive federal financial assistance and do not complete their classes during a semester could be responsible for repaying a portion of the aid they received.
  • If it is determined that funds must be returned to the Department of Education, a notification letter outlining the amount returned to the federal program(s) will be mailed to the student's address on file. College of DuPage will return funds on the student's behalf to the appropriate federal aid program(s) and the student’s account will be billed for any amount due as a result of the return of federal aid funds. The student is responsible for all charges and overpayments resulting from a Return of Title IV calculation.

  • Federal Regulations require Title IV financial assistance funds to be awarded under the assumption that you will attend the institution for the entire period in which federal assistance was awarded. When you withdraws from all courses for any reason, including medical withdrawals, you may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that you were originally scheduled to receive. The Return of Title IV Funds Policy is based upon the premise that students earn their financial assistance in proportion to the amount of time in which they are enrolled.
  • Based on this calculation, College of DuPage students who receive federal financial assistance and do not complete their classes during a semester could be responsible for repaying a portion of the aid they received.
  • If it is determined that funds must be returned to the Department of Education, a notification letter outlining the amount returned to the federal program(s) will be mailed to the student's address on file. College of DuPage will return funds on the student's behalf to the appropriate federal aid program(s) and the student's account will be billed for any amount due as a result of the return of federal aid funds. The student is responsible for all charges and overpayments resulting from a Return of Title IV calculation.

Incomplete grades are not included in GPA or credits earned. Once the incomplete is replaced with a final grade, the class will be included in GPA and credits earned and will be included for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Financial Aid Tips

  1. Withdraws, fails and incomplete grades can affect your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). This means you may lose your financial aid eligibility at College of DuPage and may need to file an appeal to have your eligibility reinstated.
  2. Before you drop any classes, be sure to contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to ensure it will not affect your financial aid.

 

Contact Information

Office of Student Financial Assistance
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2220, (630) 942-2251
Fax: (630) 942-2151

Regular Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.