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Withdrawals & Federal Financial Aid

The University of West Florida is required by federal regulation to monitor financial aid students who receive Title IV Funds (Pell, SEOG, Direct Loans, and PLUS Loans). Students who have officially or unofficially withdrawn from all courses before completing more than 60 percent of the semester are not eligible for 100 percent of their federal financial aid.

The University is required to return the unearned portion of the Title IV Funds to the Federal Department of Education. Returned unearned aid that is related to federal loans, will be applied to the outstanding balance of the loans.

Financial aid that is returned to the Federal Department of Education will become a debt that the student owes the University. This amount will be placed on the student’s account and a hold will be added preventing registration, grades, and transcripts. Please contact the Student Accounts Office for exact dates and repayment requirements 850.474.3035 or

If a student is eligible to receive a refund from the University for tuition and fees, housing, meal plans, or other charges, the University will apply the refund against the debt that results from unearned aid.

Official Withdraw Date – The official withdraw date is the date the student officially withdrew from all classes.

Unofficial Withdraw Date – Students who stop attending and receive NF grades, or a combination of NF, W, and I (Incomplete) grades, are considered to have unofficially withdrawn. The midpoint of the payment period becomes the withdraw date.

Non-Attendance – If an instructor reports that a student did not begin attendance in a class, even if he or she officially withdrew from the class, then their federal aid will be reviewed to determine eligibility.