A discontinuance is when you formally drop all classes prior to the end of the semester or term. If you discontinue after the semester add/drop deadline, 'W's' are posted to the transcript for the semester/term, which will affect both maximum attempted hours and completion percent SAP calculations (see SAP). All discontinued classes become susceptible to the repeat policy (see Repeat Policy). Prior to discontinuing, we encourage you to meet with a OneStop Counselor. For the step by step process and the needed forms please go to the OneStop Discontinuance Checklist.
The impact on federal aid depends on the type of aid and the time period in which the discontinuance occurs.
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*When federal financial aid funds are disbursed, the expectation is that the student will attend the entire period of enrollment for which the funds were awarded. If students only complete a portion of the semester or term, they have only earned a portion of their federal financial aid. In some cases, this means that funds must be returned to the government, otherwise known as Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4).