Total Withdrawal Policy

Federal financial aid recipients who withdraw from all classes during a semester

The 1998 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act requires colleges to calculate a return of federal student aid funds for students who withdraw (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60 percent attendance point of the semester.

Using the federal formula, the percentage of the semester attended is used to calculate the amount of a student's earned versus unearned federal student aid funds. The number of calendar days spent attending classes is divided by the number of calendar days in the semester. The unearned portion of federal student aid funds will be returned to the appropriate aid program. Funds are returned in the following order:

Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan
Subsidized Federal Direct Loan
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Students receiving financial aid who withdraw from all of their classes may not receive further financial aid disbursements, may lose some or all of the aid that has already been disbursed to their account and are responsible for payment of any balance due after the required return of unearned federal student aid funds.

Northampton Community College is required to return its portion of unearned federal student aid funds to the appropriate federal program within 30 days from the date the student withdrew from all classes. Students must return unearned grant aid to Northampton Community College within 30 days from the date the student is notified. Regulations require that Northampton Community College refer a student's account to the U.S. Department of Education if the student fails to pay NCC within 45 days of notification. In this situation, the student would be considered in an overpayment status and would not be eligible for additional aid at any postsecondary institution participating in the federal Title IV aid programs until the debt is resolved with the U.S. Department of Education.

Students who stop attending all classes without officially withdrawing will be subject to a return of unearned federal student aid funds at the end of the semester based on having withdrawn at the 50 percent point of the semester.

Students who withdraw after 60 percent of the semester has been completed are considered to have earned 100 percent of their federal student aid funds.