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Consequences of Withdrawing, Dropping or Stopping Attendance

We always advise students to speak with financial aid prior to withdrawing, dropping or stopping attendance in a class.

 

Federal Regulations for Withdrawing

A student who adds or drops a class within the first 14 days of a semester will have their financial aid adjusted accordingly — more financial aid for an added class, or less aid because of a dropped class. However, after that day, a student will be responsible for any account balance discrepancy caused by adding or dropping a class.

Students who officially withdraw from school (or who simply stop coming to class) may have to return a portion of unearned funds to the federal financial aid program. Our Financial Aid office recalculates the amount of financial aid you can keep if you officially or unofficially withdraw from college. If you owe a balance after withdrawing, you will receive an alert in myPellissippi.

 

Repayment Policy

If we determine that you have officially or unofficially withdrawn and that you owe a balance of any federal financial aid, you will have 45 calendar days after notification to make a repayment in full or to make satisfactory repayment arrangements with the Cashier.

You will not be allowed to re-enroll or obtain transcripts until your outstanding account balance has been repaid or resolved.

 

Stopping Attendance (Unofficial Withdrawal)

Instructors are required to monitor student attendance and make updates to attendance reporting as needed. Instructors consider you to be attending (academically engaged) their course when you show up to class prepared and on time, participate in class discussions and submit required assignments. When you are not maintaining all three of these items, your instructor will update your attendance to stopped attending and you will be considered unofficially withdrawn.

You can check your attendance record in myPellissippi under the “Student” tab.

 

In Program Courses

In program courses refer to all courses that are required for you to complete your program of study. In addition, students are allowed to take up to 30 credit hours of remedial courses and pre-requisites in program. To review your program of study and required courses please review your Degree Audit in your myPellissippi.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Your SAP status is reviewed at the end of each semester. You are required to maintain a minimum of a 67% completion rate (PACE) of in program classes and a 2.0 GPA. To review your current SAP status, visit your myPellissippi. If you stop attending, withdraw (W – counted in completion rate), or fail (F – counted in completion rate and GPA) one or more classes, it can affect your SAP and future financial aid eligibility. If you are on an approved financial aid appeal (PLAN), you will lose financial aid eligibility. Below are additional program-specific implications.

 

PELL/SEOG Grants

If you withdraw, drop or stop attending ALL of your in program courses, you will owe Pell Grant and/or SEOG money back to Pellissippi State. If you choose to remain enrolled and academically engaged (attending and completing assignments) in at least one course, you will not owe any financial aid money back to Pellissippi State.

 

Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS Student Loans

If you fall below 6 in program credit hours, any subsequent loan disbursements will be cancelled. You must complete Exit Loan Counseling at www.studentaid.gov and your 6 month grace period prior to repayment will begin.

If you drop or stop attending ALL of your in program courses, you will owe Student Loan money back to Pellissippi State.

 

Federal Work Study (FWS)

If you withdraw, drop or stop attending a course, it does not affect FWS as long as you are still enrolled and academically engaged (attending and completing assignments) in 6 in program credit hours. If you drop, withdraw or stop attending all in program courses, you are not eligible to work.

 

Institutional Work Scholarships

If you drop, withdraw or stop attending a course, it will not affect your scholarship. However, if you drop, withdraw or stop attending all courses, you will be charged for the unearned work hours, and you will owe money back to Pellissippi State.

 

GI Bill (VA)

The VA could require repayment of all funds received for the course that is dropped.

Decreasing enrollment could greatly affect Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for the current semester.

You should always check directly with a VA representative regarding the consequences of dropping, withdrawing or stopping attendance.

 

TSAA

Once TSAA has paid to your account, no adjustment will be made to your award and you will not owe money back to Pellissippi State, should you choose to withdraw from one or more courses. For future eligibility, TSAA recipients are required to meet all other eligibility requirements as determined by TSAC and maintain institutional Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue receiving the award. Please see the SAP requirements above. To review your current SAP status, visit your myPellissippi.

 

HOPE and HOPE Access Scholarships

Once Hope Scholarship has paid to your account, no adjustment will be made to your award and you will not owe money back to Pellissippi State should you choose to withdraw from one or more courses.

Full-Time Student: If you begin the semester with 12 or more hours and stop attending, withdraw, or drop below 12 credit hours, you will lose future eligibility for the HOPE scholarship.

Less than Full-Time Student: If you begin the semester with 6 to 11 hours and stop attending, withdraw, or drop below 6 credit hours, you will lose future eligibility for the HOPE scholarship.

Students receiving the Hope Scholarship are required to maintain continuous enrollment each fall and spring semester. Failure to enroll in a required fall or spring semester will result in the loss of the Hope Scholarship.

Hope recipients are required to maintain certain GPA requirements at specific attempted credit hour benchmarks. By withdrawing from a course or courses with a W grade, the hours for these courses will be counted towards your attempted credit hour benchmarks but will not affect your GPA. Failure to meet the GPA requirement at any benchmark will result in the loss of your Hope Scholarship until your GPA is re-evaluated at the next attempted credit hours benchmark. To review your current Hope Scholarship GPA, benchmarks, and attempted hours, please visit myPellissippi.

 

TN Promise

TN Promise recipients are required to enroll and attend full-time (12 or more credit hours) to maintain eligibility for the TN Promise Scholarship. If you drop below 12 credit hours, due to withdrawal, dropping or stopping attendance, you will lose future eligibility for the TN Promise Scholarship. Once your TN Promise award has paid, you will not owe money back to Pellissippi State.

You are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of each academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Withdrawing from a course or courses with a W grade will not affect your cumulative college GPA. However, failure to meet the GPA requirement at the end of the academic year will result in the loss of your TN Promise award forever.

 

TN Reconnect

TN Reconnect recipients are required to enroll and attend part-time (6 or more credit hours) to maintain eligibility for the TN Reconnect Scholarship. If you drop below 6 credit hours due to withdrawal, dropping or stopping attendance, you will lose future eligibility for the TN Reconnect Scholarship. Once your TN Reconnect award has paid, you will not owe money back to Pellissippi State.

TN Reconnect students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of each academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Withdrawing from a course or courses with a W grade will not affect your cumulative college GPA. However, failure to meet the GPA requirement at the end of the academic year will result in the loss of your TN Reconnect award forever.

 

Appeals

If you lose your federal and/or state financial aid eligibility, you may complete an appeal due to extenuating circumstances beyond your control in order to have your eligibility reinstated. In addition to the appeal form, you will be required to provide professional documentation of extenuating circumstances before the appeal will be reviewed. If approved, you must meet all other program criteria to remain eligible. For Hope, TN Promise and TN Reconnect, failure to meet the GPA requirements at the end of the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) or at a benchmark is not a reason for an appeal. Appeal forms will not be available for completion until the current semester is finished. If you have questions regarding an appeal or the appeal process, please reach out to the financial aid office.

To complete the consequences of withdrawing, dropping or stopped attending form and receive an emailed copy of this information please log into your myPellissippi, go to the Financial Aid Tab and look under other forms.

Financial Aid is available to talk through this information with you. Please reach out to us at 865-694-6400 or email financialaid@pstcc.edu.

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