Pop Quiz – How Does a School Award Aid for Repeated Coursework in the Same Term?

Scenario: 

The school has a student who was enrolled in module 1 in the last term of their program. The student was awarded the less-than-half time Federal Pell Grant amount, and was not eligible for Direct Loan due to less-than-half time status. The student received an “F” grade in module 1 and needed to retake the course. The student repeats the course in module 2 of the same term. The student was awarded a second disbursement of Pell. Can the student also receive a Direct Loan?

Answer: 

Yes. Nothing in the regulations would prevent repeated coursework rules from being applied within a semester, as opposed to across semesters.

Also, per ED's Program Integrity Q&A, Retaking Coursework, RC-A1, "You may include any repetition of the program in a student’s enrollment status for a term as long as the student has never passed the course. If the student passes the course, you may include one repetition after passing the course. Any second or subsequent repetition of the passed course may not be included in the student’s enrollment status for purposes of the title IV, HEA, programs. [Guidance issued 8/26/2011] "

Since the student failed the course in the first module, it counts toward the student's enrollment status when they enroll in the next module.

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Publication Date: 3/29/2021


Allie B | 4/1/2021 9:18:02 AM

Hi Laura,
We recommend you submit your question to the AskRegs Knowledgebase: https://askregs.nasfaa.org

-Allie Arcese, NASFAA Communications

Allie B | 4/1/2021 9:16:25 AM

Hi James, the answer has been updated to add a "yes" for additional clarity. Thanks!

Laura R | 3/29/2021 8:49:41 AM

This makes it sound like the student's enrollment status is changed after they fail the class. If we freeze on the census date, how can the Pell be adjusted upward for the repeat? - Thanks, Laura

James T | 3/29/2021 8:24:57 AM

Good morning

sorry I do not understand the answer, was the answer 'yes' 'no' or 'maybe' most of our answers are MAYBE. But it seems that this answer is leaning towards "YES" after all financial aid is in the eye of the beholder. Thank you. Dr. T

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