The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, giving institutions increased flexibility in financial aid regulations.
Students who withdraw with an EW or withdraw from all of their courses will be subject to a Pell Grant Freeze and Recalculation* and a Return to Title IV Calculation.**
As a result, you may owe a repayment of financial aid. However, if you withdraw and receive an EW notation on your transcript due to a qualifying emergency related to COVID-19, you will not owe a repayment of financial aid funds and there will be no negative implications for future financial aid.
Students withdrawing due to a qualified COVID-19 related emergency will maintain their Pell Lifetime Eligibility and unsubsidized loan limit that they would have used for the semester in which they withdraw. Students receiving an EW due to COVID-19 may be required to provide verification of their qualifying emergency. The U.S. Department of Education is currently reviewing the implications of the CARES Act and will provide institutions with additional guidance regarding verification of a qualifying COVID-19 emergency. Students should write a statement and maintain any documentation or records to verify their emergency, should documentation be required. We will update this page with documentation requirements as soon as we receive guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
* Pell Grant Freeze and Recalculation
Pell Grant awards are recalculated each semester on the published recalculation freeze dates found on the financial aid webpage under important dates and deadlines. The recalculation is performed to make Pell Grant adjustments based on any changes in enrollment status after the initial disbursement. If you dropped units due to a COVID-19 related emergency, you will not owe a repayment for the units dropped.
** Return to Title IV Calculations
Federal law specifies how Citrus College must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that you earn if you withdraw from school. If you withdrew due to a COVID-19 related emergency, you will not owe a repayment for the units dropped.
*** Satisfactory Academic Progress
In accordance with Federal regulations, financial aid recipients are required to meet SAP requirements. However, if you withdrew from class due to a COVID-19 related emergency, you will not have the withdrawal counted against your quantitative SAP calculation and will be eligible to continue to receive financial aid. CARES allows institutions to exclude from SAP calculations any attempted credits that were not completed due to a qualifying COVID-19 emergency, without requiring an appeal from the student. Please note that this exception does not apply to the qualitative component of SAP.
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