Procedure: Return of Title IV funds
- a change to the student's enrolment: withdrawal from a coursework program or postgraduate research program; leave of absence from a coursework program or postgraduate research program (the student's official ANU status remains as a leave of absence); where the leave of absence or program leave exceeds a total of 180 days in any 12 month period including University breaks; or
- the student becomes ineligible for direct loans in the first 60% of the payment period.
- The date the student withdraws from the program in writing as defined in the Coursework Award Rule;
- The date the student submitted an application for program leave;
- The Tuesday of Week 2 of the semester if a student fails to enrol by the Tuesday of Week 2 of the semester;
Title IV Leave of Absence
- In order for students to qualify for an approved US Federal Direct Loans Leave of Absence (LOA), the LOA must meet the conditions outlined below:
- The ANU leave (program leave or leave of absence) request must be approved by the University. A student can apply for program leave or leave of absence by completing the Manage My Degree form, via ISIS.
- The reason for the leave must be one that leads to a reasonable expectation that the student will return from the LOA within the allowed time frame.
- The period of leave must not exceed a total of 180 days in any 12 month period including University breaks.
- The student must be able to resume studies at the same point in the program to complete the program requirements for the study period that the student began prior to the LOA.
- The University must have informed the student of the possible consequences for failure to return from a LOA in terms of the student’s loan repayment including exhaustion of the student’s grace period.
Withdrawing from a Program
- A coursework student can withdraw from their program at any time by completing the Manage My Degree form, via ISIS. Note that:
- Program withdrawal should be requested before the session in which it is to take effect.
- Withdrawing from a program will automatically drop all courses from the effective date of the withdrawal, including any in progress, and all courses in which a student is enrolled for future semesters or sessions.
- Postgraduate research students can withdraw at any time by submitting the Voluntary Discontinuation form available via Manage My Degree on ISIS.
- Program withdrawal is final. Readmission to a withdrawn program requires a new application to the University.
- Students who withdraw will be provided with exit counselling, which will include information about their loan repayment obligations and options.
Determining that a student meets the criteria of a Title IV Student Withdrawal and the withdrawal date
- The US Financial Aid administrator is informed of a student who meets the conditions of a Title IV Withdrawal.
- The US Financial Aid administrator confirms with the US Financial Aid student that they meet the criteria for a Title IV Student Withdrawal and the date of withdrawal. In the absence of confirmation from the student, the US Financial Aid Administrator gathers sufficient written evidence from other sources to indicate that the student meets one of the criteria for Title IV Student Withdrawal and the associated Withdrawal Date.
Calculation of the Return of Title IV Funds
- The US Financial Aid Administrator determines the amounts that needs to be repaid by the student and the University using the Return to Title IV worksheet developed by the United States Department of Education.
- The liability for tuition fees and refunds is dependent on the Student Refunds Policy and Procedure and independent of the regulations covering the Return of Title IV funds.
- The unearned amount that must be repaid is calculated pro rata based on the withdrawal date.
- The percentage of aid earned in any payment period (or period of enrolment) is determined on the basis of the percentage of the payment period completed as represented by the following formula:
% of payment period completed (or period of enrolment completed)
- Where the percentage calculated through application of this formula is less than or equal to 60%, the amount of aid earned by the student is determined by multiplying this percentage by the total amount of the aid disbursed by the United States Government in United States Dollars (USD) as at the date of drawdown. If the percentage calculated through application of this formula is more than 60% of the relevant payment period, the full Direct Loan amount for the relevant payment period is earned.
- If the University determines that the student has an earned refund amount for institutional fees as a result of the Student Refund policy, the student submits a new refund form with bank account details. If the amount is to be refunded to an Australian bank account, then the currency exchange rate (from United States Dollars to Australian Dollars) from when the payment period disbursement was drawn down is used (as set out in the student's Credit Advice for the payment period).
- The unearned amount of aid is 100% minus the earned amount for the relevant payment period (or period of enrolment). For example, if the student withdraws after completing 40% of the payment period, the unearned amount is 60% of the applicable aid.
- A student who is a first year, first time borrower under the United States Federal Student Aid Program and who withdraws within the first 30 days of their program does not earn any aid.
- The University's portion of the unearned amount is the percentage of the University's allowable institutional charges for the loan payment period (or period of enrolment), equal to the remaining percentage of the payment period after deduction of the proportion completed by the student. For example, if the student withdraws after completing 40% of the payment period, the University's portion of the unearned amount is 60% of the University's charges for the payment period.
- If the University's portion of the unearned amount is a dollar amount less than the total dollar amount of all unearned aid, the University returns the amount of the University's portion to the United States Government.
- Any amount of the total unearned aid amount that remains after the University's portion is returned becomes the student portion of the return. This amount, if any, is repayable in accordance with the repayment terms and conditions attached to the borrower's promissory note for the relevant award(s).
- The US Financial Aid Administrator notifies the student of any return of unearned Direct Loan funds via the student's University email account and personal email account listed on the Master Promissory Note. This notice includes information about the amount of unearned Direct Loan funds and whether the University will return funds on behalf of the student.
- If the University is required to repay money on behalf of a student, the student is required to repay this money to the University.
- The direct loan funds are returned in the following order - Unsubsidised loan, Subsidised loan, then PLUS loans.
Timeframe for returning Title IV Funds
- The University calculates the Return of Title IV amount, including the University's and the student's portion of that amount, within 30 days from the date of the withdrawal.
- The University is required to return the amount of Title IV funds which it is responsible for as soon as possible but no later than 45 days after the University has determined that a student has withdrawn.
- Any unearned Title IV funds that the student is required to return is returned or repaid in accordance with the terms of the loan.
- If the Return of Title IV funds process results in a credit balance, that credit balance is disbursed as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after the calculation of Return of Title IV.
- A student who has not received all the aid funds they earned may receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the remaining earned funds.
- The University will notify the student and any parent borrower of eligibility for a post-withdrawal disbursement.
- A student entitled to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement may decline it.
- If the student has outstanding debts to the University at the time of a post-withdrawal disbursement, these amounts will be deducted from that post-withdrawal disbursement.
|Printable version (PDF)
|Return of Title IV funds
|To outline the University’s processes for the return of Title IV Funds when a US Financial Aid student withdraws from the University.
|Students - Finance & Fees
|28 Nov 2023
|Next Review Date
|27 Nov 2028
|Registrar, Student Administration
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
|Division of Student Administration and Academic Services
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