An over-award is when a student receives more aid than the amount for which he or she is eligible for.

Federal Grants Over-awards

Over-awards may occur because incorrect or incomplete information was provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). STC is not required to assume responsibility for collecting the debt. These debts will be referred to the Department of Education through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) if the student does not repay the Department of Education within established timeframes.

Work Study Over–awards and Others

In cases where a student who is a work study employee is over-awarded, the student's employment will end when the over-award is discovered.

Because the student can't be required to repay wages earned (except in cases of fraud), the amount over-awarded may only be reduced by decreasing or cancelling other forms of aid, over which, the school has control. The same procedures will be followed for over-awards in any other financial aid program.

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