The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Federal Financial Aid Policy when a Student Receives No Passing Grades

If a student receiving federal financial aid who began attendance and has not officially withdrawn fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course during the semester, UTRGV will assume, for Federal Title IV purposes, that the student has unofficially withdrawn, unless UTRGV can document that the student completed the semester. Federal regulations require the school to determine if the student earned the failing grades or if the student dropped out of school. If UTRGV is unable to determine that the student completed the semester, then it must assume that the student withdrew unofficially and must apply the Return of Title IV Funds Policy. The consequence of applying the Return of Title IV Funds Policy is that some financial aid funds may have to be returned to the federal aid accounts, causing the student to owe a balance to the school or to the federal government. The balance must be paid within 45 days or the student’s account will be reported to the U.S. Department of Education for collections. The student will be notified of the responsibility to repay unearned funds to the appropriate program and/or to UTRGV.