If you reduce units after receiving an Advance Pell Grant payment for a semester, you may be required to repay all or part of the amount you received when your semester award is recalculated for the 100% payment. Please read the FA Payment Information page for detailed information.

If you receive financial aid funds for a semester, and then withdraw from all of your classes, you may be required to repay all or part of the funds you received.

Federal law requires that you attend and complete your classes in order to “earn” the financial aid grant money you receive. If you officially withdraw from your classes or just stop attending class before completing more than 60% of the semester, you will be required to repay all or part of the money you received, depending on when you stopped attending. In addition to owing money, you will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will be entered into a national database as owing a repayment federal financial aid.

As long as you owe a repayment of financial aid money, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid at ANY school. If you do not repay the money you owe within 45 days from the date you are notified of the repayment, you will be referred to the U.S. Department of Education for collections.

Repayment of financial aid money will be required under the following circumstances: 

  1. If you never attend any of your classes you will be required to repay ALL the money you received for that semester.
  2. If you drop all of your classes during the add/drop period, you will be required to repay ALL the money you received for that semester. In order to reduce the amount you may owe, you will be required to submit an instructor verification of attendance proving that you attended at least one class meeting.
  3. If you drop some of your classes during the add/drop period after receiving an advance payment, you will be required to repay the amount that you were overpaid for the semester.
  4. If your instructors drop you from all of your classes because you never attended or stopped attending, the amount you will be required to repay will depend on the date you are dropped from classes.
  5. If you officially drop all of your classes (submit a drop card to the Admissions and Records Office) before completing more than 60% of the semester, the amount you must repay will be prorated based on the date you dropped your last class.
  6. If you receive failing grades (F, NC, or W) in all of your classes at the end of the semester, it will be assumed that you stopped attending. The amount you must repay will be based on a mid-term withdrawal date. If you attended your classes, but earned the failing grades, the amount you must repay will be canceled if you submit a verification of attendance, completed by the instructor of at least one class, stating that you attended through the end of the semester and earned the grade.

If you attend school, and then find that you must withdraw from all of your classes, the amount you must repay may be reduced or canceled if you attend an Academic Related Activity before the end of the semester from which you withdrew.

An Academically-Related Activity Certification is an academic meeting with an instructor that takes place during the semester from which you withdrew. To verify that you attended an academically-related activity, you must submit an Academically-Related Activity Certification, completed by your instructor, to the Financial Aid/EOPS Office.

Owing a repayment of financial aid funds may jeopardize your education. If you do not repay the money you owe, you will be referred to the US Department of Education for collections. You will not be eligible to receive Federal financial aid at ANY SCHOOL until the money you owe is repaid.

If you find that you must leave school after receiving financial aid money, contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office at (707) 256-7300 immediately to discuss whether you must repay the funds you received.