Know This!

What Happens If I Totally Withdraw Or Stop Attending All Classes?

Students Affected By Military Mobilization

The attached letter from the US Department of Education addresses the treatment of students and borrowers who are members of the National Guard or Reserves and who have been ordered to active military duty as a result of the recent terrorist attacks.

Totally Withdraw (Official Withdrawals):

After your official withdraw from all USF courses for a term is processed by the University Registrar, you will be notified within 30 days if you owe an immediate repayment of financial aid student aid (e.g. student loans, Florida Bright Futures, etc.)

The amount of federal student aid that you must repay is determined by the Federal Formula for Return of Title IV funds (Section 484B of the Higher Education Act). This law also specifies the order in which funds are to be returned to the financial aid programs from which they were awarded, starting with federal student aid loan programs (e.g. Direct Loan & Perkins Loan) and then all federal student aid grant programs (e.g. Federal Pell Grant, SEOG, etc.).

Stop Attending All Classes (Unofficial Withdrawals):

You should monitor your grades closely at the end of each semester and respond as soon as possible to an "unofficial withdrawal notice" to avoid unnecessary billing as well as holds on future term registration and official transcript holds.

NOTE: If you receive unsatisfactory grades for a course you never attended contact the Academic Regulation Committee (ARC) for your college. In addition, you will need to request a full tuition & fee refund via the University Registrar.

Repayment & Refunds:

Any institutional refunds (e.g. tuition & fees, housing, etc.) you receive will be applied to any federal student aid repayment amount you owe.

You must request institutional refunds from the corresponding USF department according to their established policy/procedures/contract, etc.

You should not expect to receive any institutional refund until all federal student aid programs are repaid in full for the entire amount paid to you that term. This includes retroactive non-fee liable drops approved by the University Registrar when those hours were included in your enrollment status to initially disbursed federal student aid grant funds (e.g. Pell, SEOG, etc.).

You should also not expect to receive any institutional refund until all non-federal aid programs that require a repayment (e.g. Bright Futures, etc.) for totally withdrawn students until those aid programs are also repaid in full.

Federal Withdrawal Policy
TREATMENT OF FEDERAL STUDENT AID WHEN A STUDENT WITHDRAWS