Pop Quiz – What Are the Ramifications of a Student in an Eligible Career Pathways Program Not Completing the High School Component?

Question:

A student in an Ability-to-Benefit (ATB)-eligible career pathways program is concurrently enrolled in classes leading to a high school credential and Title IV-eligible postsecondary courses. If the postsecondary institution where the student is taking courses draws down Title IV funds for the eligible courses, but then the student doesn't finish the high school classes and doesn't complete the program, what are the ramifications?

Answer:

Per GEN-16-09, Question and Answer 9:

Question 9: What impact does the enrollment of a student in the component of an eligible career pathway program that enables an individual to attain a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent have on the awarding and disbursement of Title IV aid?

Answer 9: It is only the Title IV eligible postsecondary program component that supports the determination of the eligibility of a student and the amount of such eligibility. The Title IV regulations and provisions apply only to the Title IV eligible postsecondary program component. Therefore, when constructing a student's Title IV cost of attendance (COA), only the costs related to the Title IV eligible postsecondary program component can be included. Likewise, only the clock or credit hours of the Title IV eligible postsecondary program component can be used to establish the student's Title IV enrollment status. For the same reason, provisions related to a student's enrollment and withdrawal, and any resultant Return of Title IV Funds calculation and National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) enrollment reporting, only apply to the Title IV eligible postsecondary program component of the eligible career pathway program.”

 

Publication Date: 6/12/2018

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