The Financial Aid Office recommends that your attendance be 80% or higher for your program. It is our experience that students with attendance less than 80% often fail to meet the progress requirements. In addition, federal aid funds are earned through school attendance and progress, but costs are assessed by the scheduled hour. Therefore, lower attendance means your tuition costs will remain constant but we will be unable to pay you for non-attended hours. This could lead to a deficit of funding for tuition costs. The absolute minimum attendance allowance is 67%. If your attendance is less than 75% you will receive a courtesy warning. This warning is only to alert you of the potential risk of low attendance. If your cumulative attendance falls below 67% your aid may be terminated.
Once your aid has been terminated you can regain eligibility by getting your cumulative attendance to 67% and maintaining it at that rate. However, you cannot reinstate eligibility during a payment period, which means that if your aid is terminated you will be ineligible for aid for a minimum of one full payment period. You are only eligible for payment in the payment period in which you regain eligibility – not for any prior payment periods. Please note that progress standards must also be met in order to be considered for reinstatement.
Attendance for prior enrollment periods will count towards your current federal aid eligibility.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
The College progress standard requires that you be able to complete your program in no more than one and one-half times the length of the program. To accomplish this, your cumulative progress must be 67%.
The Financial Aid Office will monitor individual student progress at the end of every payment period. To maintain satisfactory progress you must complete 67% or more of your work at each progress increment. For example, at hour 675 you must have completed 450 hours or more of competency. If you fail to complete the work required to be making satisfactory progress by the end of the payment period you will lose the disbursement for the following payment period.
Once your aid has been suspended you can regain eligibility by getting your cumulative progress to 67% and maintaining it at that rate. However, you cannot reinstate eligibility during a payment period, which means that if your aid is terminated you will be ineligible for aid for a minimum of one full payment period.You are only eligible for payment in the payment period in which you regain eligibility – not for any prior payment periods. Please note that attendance standards must also be met to be considered for reinstatement.
Progress standards for prior enrollment periods will count towards your federal aid eligibility. If you have enrollment prior to applying for federal aid and your progress in the same program is below 67%, you will be required to meet satisfactory progress standards before your financial aid will be activated.
Early Withdrawal/Return to Title IV
When students withdraw from school before completing the period of enrollment they have been paid for, they are subject to the Davis Tech Financial Aid policy on Return to Title IV. The Financial Aid Office will conduct a calculation to determine how much of the aid was earned. Any funds not earned must be returned to the Department of Education. If the student received more funds than they are entitled, the College will return those funds to the Department of Education and bill the student for any outstanding charges.