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Return of Funds If You Withdraw From CTU

Federal Title IV funds return
Return to Title IV (R2T4)

The federal formula requires a return of Title IV financial aid if you:

  • Received federal assistance in the form of a Federal Pell Grant; Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG); Federal Perkins Loan; Ford Federal Direct Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized); PLUS (parent or graduate) loan; National SMART (Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent) Grant; Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG); and
  • Withdrew on or before completing 60 percent of the semester, the federal government mandates that you may only keep the financial aid you have earned up to the time you withdraw from all classes. Catholic Theological Union is required by the Federal government to calculate, collect and return a portion of Federal financial aid grant or loan funds received by the student.

If the withdrawal occurs before 60% of the semester is completed, any unearned funds must be returned as required by the Department of Education (as mandated by the Department of Education in 34 CFR 668.22(i).). The date of withdrawal is based on the official records of Catholic Theological Union in accordance with federal regulations.

The unearned portion of your aid must be returned to the federal Title IV program from which the aid was received by Catholic Theological Union and/or by you. If you are required to return any Title IV loan funds, you will be contacted by Direct Loans with return or repayment information. If Catholic Theological Union is required to return any Title IV funds, the change will be reflected on your student account. CTU has 45 days from the date we determined you withdrew to complete the return of funds.

To determine the amount of federal aid earned up to the time of withdrawal, the Business Office will divide the number of calendar days you attended classes by the total number of calendar days in the semester (less any scheduled break of five days or more). The resulting percentage is then multiplied by the total federal funds that you accepted. This calculation determines the amount of aid that you earned and are allowed to keep.

This policy can result in your owing Catholic Theological Union for tuition that was not covered by financial aid and/or owing the Department of Education for funds received by you that were not earned. If you are determined to be in an over-awarded position, you may become ineligible for future Title IV financial aid until such time as the over award has been resolved.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursement

If you did not receive all of the funds that you earned, you may be due a post-withdrawal disbursement. If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, CTU must get your permission before it can disburse them. You may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that you don’t incur additional debt. CTU may automatically use all or a portion of your post-withdrawal disbursement of grant funds for tuition, fees, and room and board charges (as contracted with CTU). CTU needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal grant disbursement for all other school charges. If you do not give your permission, you will be offered the funds. However, it may be in your best interest to allow the school to keep the funds to reduce your debt at the school.

Withdrawal Date

For official withdrawals, the date of withdrawal is the date on which the student notifies CTU of the intent to drop all classes. For unofficial withdrawals, CTU uses the midpoint of the semester as the withdrawal date. CTU may use an alternative date if the student can document that they attended to that date.

Order of Return of Title VI funds

Title IV program funds include the following:

  • Loans
    • Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) includes Stafford and PLUS loans
    • Direct Loan (includes Stafford and Plus Loans)
    • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Grants
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
    • National SMART Grant
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)

NOTE: CTU participates only in graduate Stafford Loans.