To establish federal financial aid eligibility, students must attend all registered classes at least once during the first ten days of each semester. If instructors report a student as not attending, financial aid may be cancelled or reduced.

Once federal financial aid eligibility has been established, students should continue to participate in academic activities in all classes throughout the semester. If, during the semester, a student determines the need to drop individual classes or withdraw entirely from the University, official university withdrawal procedures should be followed.

At the end of each semester, all federal financial aid recipients who receive no passing grades (any combination of F, U, N, or W) will be reviewed to determine if the non-passing grade was earned while attending or due to no longer attending class. To understand the impact of an unofficial withdrawal, view the Unofficial Withdrawal Policy.

Federal regulations define academic activity as resulting when a student:

  • physically attends at least one class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;

  • submits an academic assignment;

  • takes a quiz or exam;

  • participates in an interactive tutorial or is involved with computer assisted instruction;

  • attends a study group as assigned by the instructor;

  • participates in an online discussion as part of the course; or

  • initiates contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Academic activity does not result when a student:

  • logs into an online class or to ICON (or a similar site) but has no other academic activity; or

  • meets with an academic advisor.