Return of Title IV Funds


The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to recalculate federal Title IV financial aid eligibility for students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60 percent of the payment period or term.

Recalculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement, which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal.

The institution 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:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans
  3. Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)
  4. Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
  5. Federal Perkins Loans
  6. Federal Parent (PLUS) Loans
  7. Direct PLUS Loans, ACG
  8. Federal Pell Grants for which a return of funds is required
  9. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a return of funds is required
  10. Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required (e.g., LEAP)

Federal regulations require institutions of higher education to review students that receive all "F"s as a final grade for a semester to determine if the student stopped attending all classes. If the school determines that a student was not in attendance at the end of that period and did not formally withdraw from the institution, the student's last date of attendance in all classes will be considered their withdrawal date. Students who stop attending all of their classes prior to completing 60% of the payment period or term, but have not officially withdrawn from PennWest Edinboro, may need to have their federal financial aid adjusted and may have a portion of their funds returned to the federal government and/or other funding sources. Students in this situation may then have a balance due to the University. Students are strongly encouraged to follow the appropriate University procedures for withdrawing from coursework and speak to the Financial Aid Office regarding any impact on their financial aid rather than stop attending their classes.

Please see the University Withdrawal Policies for more information.


Contact Us

Financial Aid Office
Hamilton Hall
210 Glasgow Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-3500
Fax: 814-732-2129

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.