5.12.3 – Return of Title IV Funds
Return of Title IV Funds
This policy applies to students who officially or unofficially withdraw from all courses for which
they are enrolled for the term and who have received Title IV funds for the term.
The term “officially withdraw” refers to those students who complete the withdrawal process by
withdrawing from all courses using the web, touch-tone registration system, or by completing the
The term “unofficially withdraw” refers to those students who stop attending all of their courses
without withdrawing from all courses using the web or without completing the appropriate form.
The term “Title IV Funds” refers to the subsidized FFEL Direct (Stafford) loans, unsubsidized
FFEL Direct (Stafford) loans, Federal Pell Grants and Federal SEOG.
Notifying the College of the intent to withdraw
The college is notified of a student’s intent to officially withdraw by one of the following
a. The student withdraws from all courses for the term using the web or touch-tone registration
system. The last date the student withdraws from a course during the term is considered to
be the date the student began the withdrawal process.
b. The student completes and submits the appropriate withdrawal form in person at the Student
Services Center. The “received” date stamped on the form is considered the date the student
began the official withdrawal process.
A student’s withdrawal date is defined as:
a. The date the student began the College official withdrawal process as specified above, or
b. The midpoint of the term when a student unofficially withdraws without notifying the
c. The student’s last date of attendance at a documented academically-related activity if this
date falls later than the date established in “a” or “b” above.
All Title IV funds will be refunded if the College cannot document that a student attended any
classes within the term. The calculation of the return of Title IV funds
The return of Title IV funds for all charges including tuition and special fees will be prorated on
a per diem basis based on the calendar days in the term up to and including the 60% point in the
semester. There is no return of Title IV funds after that point.
In accordance with federal regulations, refunds are allocated in the following order:
• Unsubsidized FFEL Direct loans
• Subsidized FFEL Direct loans
• FFEL Direct PLUS loans
• Federal Pell grants
• Federal SEOG
Students will be notified in writing, mailed to last-known permanent addresses, of all refunds and
charges following withdrawal.
College and Student Responsibilities
Lake Superior College responsibilities in regard to the return of Title IV funds include:
• providing each student with the information given in this policy,
• identifying students who are affected by this policy and completing the Return of Title IV
funds calculation for those students, and
• returning to Title IV programs any Title IV funds that are due.
Student responsibilities include:
• notifying the College of the student’s intent to withdraw from all courses, and
• returning to Title IV programs any funds that were disbursed directly to the student and for
which the student was determined to be ineligible through the Return of Title IV Funds
Date Proposed: January 2001
Date of Implementation: April 5, 2001
Date Revised: June 16, 2011
Date of Implementation: October 12, 2011
Signature of College President Date