Unusual Enrollment History

Beginning award year 2013-2014 and forward, the U.S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant and/or Direct Loan Programs by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. The U.S. Department of Education will be placing an unusual enrollment flag on some of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which indicates that the student has an unusual enrollment history with regard to receiving Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Direct Loan funds at multiple institutions. The Student Financial Services Department is required to review the student's enrollment and financial aid record to determine if, during the past four award years (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015), the student had legitimate reasons for the unusual enrollment history. Our department will identify and contact the students who will be required to resolve this before determining Federal Student Aid eligibility. Students will be required to complete the Enrollment History Review form found at http://studentservices.southtexascollege.edu/finaid/forms.html

How do I resolve this?
You will be required to provide academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended during the review period to South Texas College. The institution will determine whether academic credit was earned at each of the previously attended institutions during the past four award years (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015). Academic credit earned is considered to have been earned if the academic records show that you received a grade of "A", "B", "C", or "D" as listed in the Grading System Section of the South Texas College Catalog. If you did not earn academic credit at each of the previously attended institutions during the past four award years, you may be ineligible for further Federal Student Aid. The South Texas College Student Financial Services Department has the authority to require official transcripts from the colleges and universities attended during the review period if the documents that you submitted are unclear.

Can I appeal the ineligibility determination?
You will be asked to contact our Student Financial Services Department so that you may provide a statement explaining why you failed to earn academic credit and any additional supporting documentation.

If eligibility is approved, you will be required to meet with an academic advisor and a financial aid representative; you must not drop or withdraw (officially or unofficially) from any courses after the term begins and must maintain FA satisfactory academic progress.

If you did not earn academic credit at each of the previously attended institutions during the past four award years and are not able to provide an acceptable explanation and documentation for the unusual enrollment history, you are ineligible for further Federal Student Aid.

All decisions made by the South Texas College Student Financial Services Department are final.