FINANCIAL AID FOR US CITIZENS
United States Federal Regulations require all universities with Financial Aid Program (Title IV) to disclose important information to prospective and current students and other groups of interest.
This information also satisfies the disclosure requirements by the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
Direct loan application guidelines
From July 1st 2011, the Direct Loan program will replace the FFELP program (Federal Family Education Loan Program). For the 2011/12 academic year US Federal loans (Stafford & PLUS) will now be made available to students directly from the US Department of Education and not private lenders (i.e. Sallie Mae, Chase, Wachovia, AES).
1) TREATMENT OF TITLE IV
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU) is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.
The Title IV programs that are covered by this statute are: Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.
The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:
Percentage of payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.
Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:
Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.
If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds. Keep in mind, that when Title IV funds are returned, the student borrower may owe a debit balance to the institution.
If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student’s withdrawal.
The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal.
The Federal Government requires that all full-time students make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate.