ABOUT MY AID
Verifying Participation and Loss of Aid Eligibility
Federal financial aid is awarded based on the expectation that a student will participate in all of their courses through the last day of the term. If a student fails to participate in one or more of their courses a return of federal aid may be required. WOU instructors automatically report student participation when they enter a non-passing grade for a student. The WOU Financial Aid Office is not able to directly contact partner school instructors to obtain participation information. In cases where participation information is required from a partner school instructor, the student is notified through their WOU student email.
Financial aid repayment for non-participation may be required:
- If there is no evidence that a student participated in any of their courses for a given term, 100% of the financial aid disbursed for that term must be returned.
- If a student fails to pass any courses for a given term, the Financial Aid Office may be required to complete a Return to Title IV Funds calculation to determine how much of the aid received by the student was earned through course participation. This process may lead to a partial or full return of financial aid depending on when the student ceased participation in their courses.
- If a student passes at least one course but drops, withdraws, or fails to receive a passing grade in other courses, the Financial Aid Office may still be required to adjust the student’s financial aid. These adjustments are required in cases where instructors are not able to provide evidence of the student’s participation or course completion.
Degree Partnership Program (DPP) and Verifying Participation at Partner Schools
The WOU Financial Aid Office is not able to directly contact partner school instructors to obtain participation information when a student fails to earn a passing grade. In cases where participation information is required from a partner school instructor, the student is notified through their WOU student email. This email will be sent after the term has ended and the Financial Aid Office has been notified that a non-passing or incomplete grade was received in one or more partner school courses. It will contain instructions to contact the partner school instructor and request the participation information be sent directly to the WOU Financial Aid Office. Due to the time sensitive nature of this process, it is very important that DPP students check their WOU student email regularly after the term has ended. Failure to verify participation may result in the reduction or full loss of financial aid eligibility for the term.
Financial Aid Office
toll free 1-877-877-1593 | or e-mail: email@example.com | Location: Welcome Center 140