If you stop attending classes or withdraw from all classes during a semester or summer term, you may be required to repay some of your federal grants and/or loans. If you cancel all of your classes, you will be required to repay all aid – federal, state, institutional, and private. This page will provide more information on how withdrawing will impact your financial aid.
Official Withdrawal or Cancellation
If you decide to leave the University, you must follow the official withdrawal process, including getting approval from your Dean’s Office. Please be aware that if you withdraw from all classes after the semester begins, you may have to return some of the financial aid that you had received. Federal regulations require that we complete a Return to Title IV calculation to determine the amount of money to return. This could leave you with a balance on your account that would need to be paid immediately.
Unofficial (Stop Out) Withdrawal or Cancellation
Federal financial aid regulations state that if you earn unsatisfactory grades or status (i.e. F’s, X’s, I’s, Q’s, and/or no grades assigned) in all courses for a semester you will be considered an unofficial withdrawal (stopping out without documented Dean’s approval) and a return of federal grants and/or loans must be calculated unless the institution can document that you engaged in academic activity beyond the 60% point of that semester. Official UT Austin records and verification of academic activity from official University sources will be reviewed to assist in this determination. If the last date of academic activity cannot be documented as occurring on or after the 60% point of semester, the withdrawal date will be considered the mid-point of the semester unless documented otherwise.
In the event no academic activity can be documented, you will be assessed as a cancelation.
The amount that you need to return is calculated from a formula provided by the federal government. The amount returned depends on the type of financial aid you received, the effective date of your withdrawal, and the institutional expenses you incurred. Repayment is due immediately to the University of Texas at Austin. If courses are officially cancelled or no academic activity can be documented, all federal aid must be returned.
All repayments are due immediately to the University of Texas at Austin and balances are viewable on What I Owe? Funds must be repaid prior to receiving additional student aid at University of Texas at Austin or any other institution. A financial bar for the amount owed will be placed on your University of Texas at Austin records until the amount is paid in full.
If the amount paid to you was less than the amount you earned, you may be eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of any earned aid that was not paid out prior to you leaving the University. The Office of Financial aid will notify you if you are eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement. For Federal loans, you will have to sign a statement agreeing to accept the loans.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Withdrawn courses or courses with unsatisfactory grades or status (i.e. F’s, X’s, I’s, Q’s, and/or no grades assigned) are considered attempted and unsuccessfully completed and will negatively affect your pace toward degree completion as well as count toward maximum timeframe. Please review our Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
If the last date of academic activity cannot be documented as occurring on or after the 60% point of semester, the withdrawal date will be considered the mid-point of the semester unless documented otherwise.