Test Preview: Return of Title IV Funds

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To earn this credential, you will need to know how to handle a student’s Title IV funds when he withdraws from school before completing the payment period or period of enrollment. You will need to know the basic requirements for the return of Title IV funds (R2T4), whether and when to apply the requirements, how to determine the student’s withdrawal date, how to calculate the return of funds for each Title IV program, all applicable deadlines, and the rules for making post-withdrawal disbursements. This will help you demonstrate the ability to protect the integrity of the Title IV programs by ensuring your school promptly returns federal funds for which a withdrawn student no longer qualifies. 

The range of topics in this test include:

  • General Concepts of Return of Title IV Funds
  • Determining the Withdrawal Date
  • Return of Title IV Funds Formula
  • Post-Withdrawal Disbursements and Time Frames

Tests may include questions pertaining to a variety of program structures, such as credit- or clock-hour, term or nonterm, standard or nonstandard term, undergraduate or graduate/professional programs, and programs of various length (shorter than one year, two-year, four-year, certificate, etc.).

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1. If a student who officially withdraws failed to begin attendance in all the courses he or she was scheduled to attend, then

    • the school must check whether the student was enrolled at least half-time before Direct Loan funds can be included in the R2T4.
    • the R2T4 calculation must factor in that the student failed to earn a passing grade in any class.
    • the school must recalculate the student’s Federal Pell Grant based on a revised enrollment status, before performing the R2T4 calculation.
    • the institutional refund must be based on a pro rata schedule and calculated within 14 days of the R2T4.

2. A school must always return any unearned Title IV funds it is responsible for returning within __________ of the date the school determined the student withdrew.

    • 14 days
    • 30 days
    • 45 days
    • 180 days

3. Which of the following funds are NOT included in an R2T4 calculation?

    • Federal Pell Grant
    • TEACH Grant
    • Parent PLUS Loan
    • FWS

4. A student notifies the school on September 1 that she intends to withdraw, begins the official withdrawal process on September 15, and completes the official withdrawal process on October 1. If the school is not required to take attendance, the school determines the withdrawal date as

    • September 1.
    • September 15.
    • October 1.
    • the midpoint of the payment period.

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