Return of Title IV Financial Aid

In accordance with US Federal Title IV Regulations (34 CFR  668.22),  St. George’s University is required by the Higher Education Act to recalculate the eligibility for federal Title IV aid for students who withdraw or take a Leave of Absence (LOA), up to 60% of a  term.

When a student withdraws or takes a leave during the semester, the amount of Title IV program assistance that a student has earned up to the point of withdrawal is determined on a pro-rata basis.

  • The amount earned is based on the number of days the student completes in the term as of the withdrawal date or Leave of Absence begin date for official withdrawals and the last date of documented attendance at an academically related activity as determined by SGU, for unofficial withdrawals.
  • Scheduled breaks of five days or more are excluded from the calculation.
  • For students who officially withdraw from SGU, the withdrawal date is the date the student began the withdrawal process.

There are special Title IV withdrawal rules for a term that has modules (courses that do not span the entire length of the term). This would apply to a student’s clinical terms and MD Basic Science Term 3/4.  A student is not considered withdrawn for Title IV purposes if at the point of ceasing participation the student:

  • successfully completes 49% of the days in the term,
  • earned half-time credits:
    • 5-term credits for MD Basic Science terms
    • 6-term credits for Veterinary Basic Science terms
    • 8-credits for Clinical terms
  • Or completes all of the program requirements and is considered a graduate.

For days to count toward the 49% requirement, the student must receive a passing grade in at least one course that spans an entire module.

If the student meets any of these conditions, the student is not considered to be withdrawn for Title IV purposes, and all aid received for the term is retained. If grades for the term are not received within 30 days from the date the University determines the student ceased participation, the student will be processed as a Title IV withdrawal. If a passing grade is received at a subsequent point, the University will reevaluate the student’s withdrawn status and may reverse the Title IV refund calculation and refund payments.

Though Title IV aid is generally posted to a student’s account at the start of each term, these funds are earned as a student progresses through the term.  Students who stop attending before completing more than 60% of a term will have their Title IV aid recalculated based on the percentage of the term they completed. 

If a student withdraws or takes a leave during the  term, the amount of Title IV program aid earned up to the withdrawal date is determined by a specific pro-rata formula of days completed to the total days in the term and is called the return to Title IV funds (R2T4) calculation.

For example, if a student completes 30% of the days in the term, the student would earn 30% of the Title IV aid originally scheduled for the semester and the 70% of unearned funds is returned.

Once more than 60% of the term is completed, all the Title IV aid the student was scheduled to receive for the term is earned. However, some earned Title IV aid may not be eligible for disbursement due to other eligibility requirements.

In compliance with federal regulations, the Financial Aid Office will perform the R2T4 calculation within 30 days of the student’s date of determination (DOD) of withdrawal and funds will be returned to the appropriate federal aid program within 45 days of the DOD. As part of the R2T4 calculation process, an evaluation is done to determine if aid was eligible to be disbursed but was not disbursed as of the withdrawal date.

If a student received less Title IV aid than the amount earned, a student may be eligible to receive those additional funds as a post-withdrawal disbursement. If a student received more assistance than earned , the excess funds must be returned by the school and/or the student.

Students who are eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement are notified of their eligibility within 30 days of determining the student’s date of withdrawal and the student must give permission to make the disbursement within 14 days of this email notice. A student may choose to decline some or all of the post-withdrawal disbursement, to avoid additional debt.

If the student received Title IV aid in excess of what was needed to pay tuition and fees,  a portion of the unearned funds may be considered an overpayment and due to be repaid from student instead of the institution.

  • An overpayment exists when the excess unearned Title IV funds are to be returned in part by the institution and in part by the student because each party received a portion of the unearned funds according to the R2T4 calculation.
  • For any loan fund overpayment that a student is required to return, repayment will be in accordance with the terms of the promissory note. That is, scheduled payments should be made to the holder of the loan over the term of repayment.

Unearned Title IV funds held by the institution are returned within 45 days of the date of determination of withdrawal in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

The requirements for the R2T4 policy calculation described above are separate from the calculation of the University’s Refund Policy, which determines the amount of tuition and fees a student is charged upon withdrawal from a term. Therefore, a student may owe unpaid institutional charges that were once paid by Title IV aid which were deemed unearned by the R2T4 calculation.

The student will receive a notice from the University, which details the outcome of both the R2T4 policy and the University’s Refund policy and information on any returns that were paid or balance due.

If you have questions about your Title IV program funds, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid directly, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243). TTY users may call 1-800-730-8913. Information is also available online at


If a student wishes to officially withdraw from the University, he or she must complete and submit the appropriate  Withdrawal Form through the University Portal.

If a student stops attending classes or clinical rotations and has not provided a Withdrawal Form, notified the Registrar of a withdrawal or requested a Leave of Absence, he/she will be unofficially withdrawn from the University through the Administrative Withdrawal process.


Students who must interrupt their studies for part of a term or longer, should submit their LOA requests electronically via the link on the University Portal and are required to receive written approval for a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Office of the Dean of Students. These forms will require a reason for the LOA, the student’s signature, and a date.   Under federal regulations, a LOA  in the Basic Science terms is treated the same as a withdrawal for Title IV purposes. In the clinical terms, a LOA must be requested and approved in advance, may not exceed 180 days in any 12 month period.  Clinical LOA’s that do not meet these conditions are treated the same as a withdrawal for Title IV purposes.

It is the responsibility of the students to ensure he/she receives written approval prior to leaving the University.  Once the form is electronically submitted, the student receives an immediate email, confirming receipt of the request and the request is automatically sent to the Office of the Dean of Students and Registrar’s Office. Each school has its own regulations regarding how withdrawn courses are noted on the transcript. Students are advised to seek counseling from the Dean of Students and their Faculty Advisors prior to withdrawal. If a student has had a prior Leave of Absence during his/her course of study, needs an extension, or the student has already repeated coursework, the Dean of Students may need to seek approval from the student’s Academic Dean. A request for an extension can be made in the comments section of the LOA form. Requests must include an explanation of special circumstances.