Effective with the 2015-2016 school year, the U.S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Direct Loans by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. What this means for you:
If you received the Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans at multiple institutions in recent academic years (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, & 2014-2015), your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be flagged (see next bullet for flag indicators) for unusual enrollment history (UEH).
The flags “2” and “3” will be indicated on your Student Aid Report (SAR) and our Financial Aid Department will be required to review your enrollment history to determine whether or not you are enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of Federal student aid.
If you received the Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loans and credit hours (passing grades: A-D) were not earned at each institution attended during these award years, you may be determined ineligible for Federal financial aid.
The Financial Aid Department will determine if you had a legitimate (valid) reason for having unusual enrollment at multiple institutions.
You may be asked to provide valid documentation explaining the reason behind your unusual enrollment history.
If documentation is needed, the Financial Aid Department will contact you by email or letter detailing the appropriate documentation needed.
NOTE: Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) must be resolved before you will receive Federal financial aid.