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Frequently Asked Questions

In the tabs below, you'll find a wealth of information regarding the entirety of the financial aid process, from the initial applications to disbursement schedules, and what qualifies as a special circumstance.

Return of Title IV Funding & Withdrawal Policies

Federal regulations determine how Federal Student Aid (Title IV) funds are handled when a recipient of those funds withdraws entirely prior to the end of a payment period or period of enrollment. If a student officially withdraws, known as a total withdrawal, before a semester or term has ended, a calculation must be made to determine what portion of the student’s federal aid should be returned. Any student that withdraws prior to 60% of the completion of the semester can expect to have some repayment of funds due.

On behalf of the student, the College of Menominee Nation may be required to send funds back to the federal government based on funds that were unearned, using the students’ last date of attendance. The instructors are required to take attendance at the beginning of class every class period. This is what the financial aid representatives use to determine the students last date of attendance. A student is awarded aid for a semester or term and should that student not complete that semester or term due to a total withdrawal or an unofficial withdrawal some of that aid was not earned and will need to be returned.

The last documented date of attendance is used in the R2T4 calculation when an unofficial withdrawal is determined. You'll find more information on withdrawal dates in the next section.

Per federal regulations, the financial aid office will perform an R2T4 calculation within 30 days of date the institution determines the student withdrew. An institution is required to return any unearned Title IV funds as soon as possible but no later than 45 days after the date of determination of a student’s withdrawal. If the R2T4 Calculation results in an amount to be returned that exceeds the school’s portion, the student may be required to repay funds. If a student meets the criteria for a post withdrawal disbursement (PWD), you will be notified of your eligibility within 30 days from the date the institution determines your date of withdrawal. A PWD is when a student received less title IV aid than the amount earned. A post withdrawal disbursement of any federal grant funds would first be used toward any outstanding charges before any funds are returned to the student. IF a PWD is still needed the grant funds will be disbursed as soon as possible but no later than 45 days after the date the school determines the student withdrew. One final note: any credit balances given to a student’s account due to the R2T4 and Institutional refund calculation will be disbursed as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after the date the calculation was done.

Federal Title IV funds affected include both Federal Pell Grants, and Federal Supplemental Grants. The repayment priority is as follows:

  1. Federal Pell Grant
  2. Federal Supplemental Grant
  3. Other Federal Aid Programs

Please Note: State funds are not considered Federal Title IV Funds, but the same R2T4 policies are applied.