Federal and institutional aid is awarded based on the assumption all students will maintain enrollment throughout the semester and complete the term successfully. When either of those do not happen, the following adjustments to either tuition/fees, housing, and/or aid and scholarships may occur depending on when enrollment changes/unsuccessful completion occur.
Institutional Refund Policy
Federal regulations require that each institution publish its refund policy and make the information available to students upon request. Examples of the application of this policy are available upon request. Because the University of Nebraska-Lincoln does not charge full tuition at the beginning of the enrollment period, this is a billing policy rather than a refund policy.
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Return of Title IV Funds
All students receiving federal Title IV financial assistance who withdraw will be subject to a calculation that determines 'earned' and 'unearned' Title IV funds. A student that received Federal Direct Loan funds must have attended at least one class prior to the withdrawal or the loan(s) will be cancelled entirely.
Calculation of Title IV assistance earned
Up through the 60 percent point in time, the percentage of assistance earned is equal to the percentage of the payment period or period of enrollment for which it was awarded that was completed as of the day the student withdrew. If the student withdrawal occurs after the 60 percent point, then the percentage is 100 percent. That earned percentage is applied to the total amount of Title IV grant and loan assistance that was disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the payment period or enrollment for which it was awarded as of the day the student withdrew.
Calculation of Title IV assistance not earned
The amount of Title IV grant and loan assistance not earned by the student is calculated by determining the complement of the percentage of assistance the student earned and applying it to the total amount of grant and loan assistance that was disbursed (and that could have been disbursed) to the student for the payment period or period of enrollment as of the day the student withdrew.
The amount the school must return to the federal aid programs is the lesser of the unearned amount of Title IV assistance or the institutional charges incurred, multiplied by the unearned percentage. Title IV funds will be returned to the various federal aid programs in the following order:
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Graduate PLUS Loan
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal SEOG
Federal Pell Grant Adjustments
All Federal Pell Grant recipients who withdraw from a class must have their class attendance/participation confirmed. If confirmation of participation cannot be determined, that class registration cannot be used for enrollment purposes used to determine Federal Pell Grant funding levels. The Federal Pell Grant may be reduced even if it has already disbursed to the consolidated billing account.
A student that is a Federal Pell Grant recipient and fails a class must also have their class attendance/participation verified. If confirmation of participation cannot be determined, that class registration cannot be used for enrollment purposes used to determine Federal Pell Grant funding levels. The Federal Pell Grant may be reduced even if it has already disbursed to the consolidated billing account.