Return of Title IV Funds Policy

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in time, there are no unearned funds. However, the Financial Aid Office must still complete a return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.

The calculation is based on the percentage of earned 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 earned aid.
  • Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program 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, SU would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. The student may owe a debit balance to the University when Title IV funds are returned.
  • If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, SU would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the withdrawal.
  • The University 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.

Refunds are allocated in the following order:

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans

Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)

Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans

Federal Perkins Loans

Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans

Direct PLUS Loans

Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of Funds is required

Academic Competitiveness Grants for which a Return of Funds is required

National SMART Grants for which a Return of Funds is required

Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of Funds is required

Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of Funds is required (e.g., LEAP)

Note: All financial aid information is accurate as of the time of publication. However, due to periodic changes in aid programs and in application procedures, students are encouraged to contact the University to assure that all information is current.

All applicants should address requests for information about financial aid and submit all required records and forms to:

Director of Financial Aid
Stevenson University
1525 Greenspring Valley Road
Stevenson, Maryland 21153-0691
or on the Internet: <www.vjc.edu/ssc>.