The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to verify that students who receive a Federal Pell Grant, TEACH Grant or the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) begin attendance in all the classes for which they are registered. The amount a student receives for these grants is prorated if the student is enrolled less than full-time prior to the end of the “tuition refund period” end date listed in the academic calendar. In some cases, students may be ineligible for the grant at a lower enrollment status.
When a student earns a failing grade at the end of a semester the instructor is also required to indicate whether the student began attendance in the course. If the instructor does not confirm attendance in the course, then the student’s eligibility will be revised retroactively for the term and the student will be responsible for paying the balance owed to the school.