Attendance & Withdrawal Information

Attendance/Participation:
Students are expected to attend and actively participate in all regularly scheduled classes and laboratory sessions.  Not only must a student be registered for a class, students must be actively participating to count as “enrolled” for financial aid eligibility purposes.

Students must have their class participation verified by their professors prior to financial aid being disbursed.  Participation in academically related activities includes, but is not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • submitting an academic assignment;
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction;
  • attending a study group that is assigned by the school;
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matters and
  • initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.
Academically related activities do NOT include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as:
  • logging into an online class without active participation or
  • participating in academic counseling or advisement.

Participation in academic counseling and advising are no longer considered to be academic attendance or attendance at an academically related activity.

In a distance education context, documenting that a student has logged into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate academic attendance by the student. A school must demonstrate that a student participated in class or was otherwise engaged in an academically related activity, such as by contributing to an online discussion or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question.

During the fifth week of the Fall and Spring semesters, faculty report to the Registrar’s Office students who have not been participating in/attending their courses.  Students identified as “not participating” will be notified by the Registrar that they are being withdrawn from the class.  If a student believes this report was an error, the student must meet with the instructor to correct the error, and process a reinstatement with the Registrar. All errors must be addressed within one week (the specific deadline will be identified in the letter received by the student). Administrative withdrawals for participation will only be processed in response to the fifth week report. After this point, official course withdrawals must be initiated by the students. It is important to note that instructors may submit last dates of participation through the end of the semester, including at the end of the term with the final grade roster.

If a student never begins participation in a course, or stops participating in a course prior to the semester census date, which is the last day that a student can add a course each semester, that course is not financial aid eligible, and it may result in a decrease or full cancellation of a student’s financial aid award.  Please see Census Date Policy below.

Course participation for the summer sessions is confirmed directly with professors by the Financial Aid Office, primarily via email, at the beginning of each session. 

Census Date Policy:
Eligibility for all state and federal financial aid programs, as well as some institutional financial aid programs, is based on the number of credits that a student is enrolled in as of the financial aid census date, which is the day after the last day that a class can added for the semester.

Students that are enrolled as of this date, but are not enrolled in at least twelve eligible credits, will have their tentative financial aid awards revised to reflect their actual Title IV enrollment status and the institutional packaging policy.

Students that are enrolled as of the census date will not be eligible for financial aid for any classes that are dropped or abandoned prior to the census date.  Students that are actively enrolled in less than six eligible credits as of the census date will typically not be eligible for federal student loans for that term.

Students that begin attendance during a term and fully withdraw from college prior to the census date may be eligible for limited post-withdrawal disbursements in accordance with federal and state regulations. 

Classes added after the census date may be included in a student’s Title IV enrollment on a case-by-case basis if there are extenuating circumstances that caused a delay in a student’s registration.  Examples include, but are not limited to:  Registration for a directed study class, retroactive registration authorized by a Dean or other campus official, class section changes, and registration extensions due to weather/school closure.

Late registration for modular classes after the census date will never be considered a valid extenuating circumstance.  Students that register for late starting modular classes after the census date will not be eligible for additional Federal and/or State grant funds, but may be eligible for federal student loans upon request. 

Students that would like to take a course at another institution and receive Federal and/or State grant funds from Massasoit must submit a completed Consortium Agreement to the Massasoit Financial Aid Office prior to the census date.  

Students that apply for financial aid after the census date will have their Pell Grant eligibility based on their enrollment as of the date that Massasoit receives their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Eligibility for other funding will be based on the student’s enrollment status at the time of the award, and on available funding. 

Students may be eligible to receive financial aid retroactively for any completed payment periods within the award year if otherwise eligible.  However, students may only receive Pell Grants retroactively for the eligible credits completed for the term.  This includes earned F’s and incompletes that not converted to “F” grades because the student failed to complete the course work.

What happens to my financial aid if I drop some, but not all, of my courses before the drop/add deadline (census date)?
Your financial aid eligibility for all programs is based on the number of credits you are enrolled in as on the financial aid census date, which is typically the day after the last day that a class can added for the semester.  If you are enrolled on this date, but are not enrolled as a full-time student (12+ credits), your financial aid award will be adjusted to reflect your actual enrollment and eligibility.   You will not be eligible for financial aid for any class that you drop prior to the census date.

What happens to my financial aid if I drop some, but not all of my courses, after the drop/add deadline (census date)?
If you drop a course in which you had been participating after the drop/add deadline (census date), you may still receive aid for the class, and, in most cases, your financial aid for the current semester will not be impacted.  However, if you drop to less than six credits, and you have a student loan that has not yet disbursed, some or all of your loan may be cancelled.

What happens to my financial aid eligibility if I withdraw from all of my courses, stop attending before completing the semester, or do not complete all modules for which I registered?
Federal and state regulations require financial aid funds to be awarded under the assumption that a student will attend the institution for the entire period in which assistance was awarded.  If you withdraw, or are withdrawn, from all of your courses for any reason (including academic dismissal, suspension or expulsion) prior to completing at least 60% of the term, you may no longer be eligible for the full amount of federal and state funds that you were originally awarded. 

Massasoit is required to recalculate your financial aid eligibility based on the percentage of the period that you completed and applicable federal and state regulations. A pro-rated schedule is used to determine the amount of federal funds that you have earned at the time of the withdrawal. Thus, a student who withdraws in the second week of classes has earned less of his/her federal financial aid than a student who withdraws in the fifth week. Once more than 60% of the semester is completed, a student is considered to have earned all of his/her financial aid, and his/her financial aid will not be prorated.

If you officially withdraw*** from Massasoit, the withdrawal date used to determine your financial aid eligibility will be:

  1. The date the Registrar Office received your withdrawal request, or
  2. The date that you expressed an intent to withdraw to a Massasoit staff member acting in an official capacity, or
  3. The date that you last attended a course, as reported by your professor(s), or
  4. The date that you last participated in an academically related activity. 

*** Withdrawal instructions are available here.

If you unofficially withdraw from Massasoit by abandoning all of your classes, the withdrawal date used to determine your financial aid eligibility will be:

  1. The date that you last attended a course, as reported by your professor(s),or
  2. The midpoint of the period for which aid was awarded

What if I don’t earn any passing grades for a term in which I received financial aid?
If you do not officially withdraw and you fail to earn a passing or incomplete grade in at least one course offered over the entire term, and none of your professors confirm your attendance beyond the 60% point of the term on their final grading rosters, Massasoit must assume, for Title IV purposes, that you have unofficially withdrawn.  Your financial aid eligibility will be recalculated as described above.