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Students who have received federal financial aid and who withdraw from and/or fail their classes for the semester are subject to a recalculation of their awards based on the amount of aid they earned. The R2T4 calculation is performed within 30 days of the date of determination of the student’s withdrawn status.
The amount of aid earned is determined by the number of days the student was enrolled prior to withdrawing from the term. Any financial aid the student received in excess of the earned amount is considered unearned and must be repaid to the College. The College will return the unearned funds to the appropriate federal student aid program.
The Financial Aid Office will email the student a notification of change in eligibility, and issue a letter notifying the student of the R2T4 results. Blinn College will return all required unearned funds on behalf of the school and the student to the federal government.
***It is important to note that any return of these funds may result in the student owing a balance to Blinn and/or the federal government. The R2T4 calculation is required based on federal regulations and is NOT subject to appeal. ***
Funds returned as a result of an R2T4 will be refunded in the following order:
- 1.Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Direct Subsidized Loan
- Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
As a result of the required R2T4 calculation, there may be instances where students have undisbursed earned aid, and must decide if they want the post-withdrawal disbursement of aid applied to their account. In such instances, the Financial Aid Office will email the notification to the student of this option within 30 days of the R2T4 calculation. Students must reply to the Financial Aid Office in writing within 14 days of receiving this notice to benefit from a post-withdrawal disbursement.
An inadvertent overpayment occurs when the school disburses funds to a student who is no longer in attendance, but prior to the date the school determines the student withdrew from the program. This would include any federal financial aid disbursements made after the student’s last date of attendance but prior to the College’s determination that the student was withdrawn.
If the student owes the DOE any Pell Grant or SEOG funds as a result of an R2T4 overpayment, the student is reported to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS) by the Financial Aid Office. All overpayments must be handled between the student and the DOE. The student is mailed a letter within 30 days of the date that the school determined the student withdrew informing them about the overpayment status and providing instruction on how to make the payment arrangements.
If a financial aid recipient who has not officially withdrawn fails to receive a passing grade or complete at least one class during the term (F, W, Q, QF, and NP grades), the Financial Aid Office will determine whether the student actually established eligibility for the aid originally disbursed. Instructors will be contacted and asked to provide information on the student’s attendance and the last date of academic activity. If the student did not begin attendance or stopped attending during the payment period, the financial aid originally disbursed will be canceled or adjusted in accordance with the R2T4 policy.
If a financial aid recipient who has not officially withdrawn fails to receive a passing grade, or complete at least one class during the term (F, W, Q, QF, and NP grades), the Financial Aid Office will determine whether the student actually established eligibility for the aid originally disbursed. Instructors will be contacted and asked to provide information on the student’s attendance and the last date of academic activity. If the student did not begin attendance or stopped attending during the payment period, the financial aid originally disbursed will be canceled or adjusted in accordance with the R2T4 policy.
When a student enrolls in courses during a semester and fails to successfully complete some or all of the courses taken, it may have an impact on his or her eligibility to continue to receive aid in future semesters. Students should refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine how their eligibility will be impacted by a withdrawal.
The Blinn College District will adjust tuition and fee charges if the student withdraws during the tuition refund period and is eligible to receive a tuition refund at the time of withdrawal. If the tuition refund period has passed, Blinn will not adjust tuition and fee charges billed to the student.
***It is important to note that Blinn’s tuition refund policy is separate from federal regulations to return unearned financial aid. Receiving a tuition refund from Blinn will have no impact on the amount of financial aid the student must repay based upon the R2T4 process. Please visit the Business Services Office website for more information about Blinn’s refund procedures.***
Students may choose to officially withdraw from Blinn through their myBlinn account, or on campus through Enrollment Services by completing the necessary drop form. The Office of Admissions and Records processes all class withdrawals whether submitted online or in person. Students who do not officially withdraw and stop attending classes will be administratively withdrawn after two weeks of non-attendance in accordance with Blinn’s attendance policy.
Please visit the Office of Admissions and Records online for more information concerning the college’s withdrawal policy.