Special Circumstances Regarding Your Aid

There are sometimes special circumstances in which your financial aid will need to be reevaluated such as changes in your finances or withdrawing from school. We’re here to help you navigate all this and more.

Changes in Your Finances

Situations such as changes in your finances and withdrawing from classes and/or Emory can affect your financial aid status.

Learn more about these special circumstances

Withdrawing from Emory

At the end of the add/drop period each term, a student may completely withdraw from Emory with permission from the appropriate school dean as well as clearance from Student Financial Services and the Office of Financial Aid.

Your financial aid package is awarded under the assumption you will remain enrolled for the completion of the term. If you withdraw before the term is completed, you may be eligible for only a percentage of the funds you were awarded. 

Federal Requirements

The federal government requires the Office of Financial Aid to calculate how much Title IV aid a student has earned. Federal regulations state that a student earns Title IV aid based on the period of time he or she remains enrolled for a particular term.

Enrolled Days divided by Days in the Enrollment Period equals the Percent of Title IV Earned By Student

Per federal regulations, any federal funds not earned by the student must be returned to the Title IV program in the following order:

  • Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • Federal Direct Plus Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Other Title IV Aid Programs
  • The student

Once a student completes enrollment for 60% of the term, the student has earned 100% of the Title IV aid awarded; no return of Title IV aid is required.

Institutional Requirements

Requirements for return of institutional aid differ from the federal return policy. The school in which you are enrolled maintains its own policy regarding what percentage of institutional funds has been earned. Prior to completing the withdrawal process, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn how the withdrawal will affect your institutional aid eligibility and student account balance.

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