A total withdrawal is defined as formally ceasing attendance in any active courses that would end enrollment within a semester, earlier than previously scheduled. This includes part of term courses that do not span the length of time of the entire semester.
Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the funding is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive. To officially withdraw from all classes, contact the Registrar’s Office at 616.451.2787 or stop into the Student Services Office.
If a recipient of Title IV grant or loan funds withdraws from school after beginning attendance, the amount of Title IV assistance must be determined. If the amount disbursed to the student is greater than the amount the student earned, un-earned funds must be returned. If the amount disbursed to the student is less than the amount the student earned, and for which the student is otherwise eligible, he or she is eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned funding that was not received.
The institution and the student share the responsibility to return Title IV funds. The institution returns the un-earned funds that have been paid to the school to cover the student’s institutional charges. The student is responsible to repay any un-earned funds to the school and/or to the federal program from which it came.
The school must return Title IV funds no later than 45 days after the date the school determines the student withdrew. Students who unofficially withdraw (stop attending classes, but do not notify the appropriate office)will not be notified of the un-earned return of funds until after the semester is over. This late calculation usually results in the student owing a balance to the university.
PLEASE NOTE: Students who withdraw from the university will be subject to the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policy guidelines.