Withdrawing from classes

If you are a financial aid recipient and you drop some of your classes during the drop/add period (or indicate you never attended some of your classes), you may lose some or all of your financial aid eligibility. Before withdrawing, we suggest you speak with a financial aid counselor.

If you are a financial aid recipient and you drop all of your classes prior to start of the semester (or indicate you never attended), you are no longer eligible for financial aid for that semester. All scholarship, grant and loan payments (and refunds of financial aid) must be returned to Western Michigan University.

If you are a federal financial aid recipient and you completely withdraw from all your classes after the beginning of the semester, the law requires that the amount of federal aid earned up to that point is determined by a specific formula. If you receive more federal aid than you have earned, the excess aid must be returned. The amount of federal aid you have earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. That is, if you completed 30 percent of the semester, you earn 30 percent of the federal aid you received. Once you have completed more than 60 percent of the semester, you earn all of your federal aid.

In accordance with federal and state regulations, the financial aid office must also monitor your academic progress on an annual basis (at the end of spring semester). If you withdraw from any of your classes, this may cause you to be in unsatisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. Students not meeting these standards of academic progress may lose financial aid eligibility for future semesters. Reinstatement of financial aid may be considered by filing an academic progress appeal or by taking courses during the summer I or summer II sessions to make up any credit hour deficiencies.


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