Return of Title IV Funds Policy (R2T4) for Students Receiving Federal Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is required by federal statute to determine how much financial aid was earned by students who withdraw, drop out, are dismissed, or take a leave of absence prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term.

For a student who withdraws after the 60% point-in-time, there are no unearned funds. However, a school must still complete a Return calculation in order to determine whether the student is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement.

Withdrawal Date:  For both official and unofficial withdrawals, the student's withdrawal date is the last date of attendance as determined by the university's official attendance records.

R2T4 Calculation:  The calculation is based on the percentage of earned aid using the following Federal Return of Title IV funds formula:

  • Percentage of payment period or term completed = the number of days completed up to the withdrawal date divided by the total days in the payment period or term. (Any break of five days or more is not counted as part of the days in the term.) This percentage is also the percentage of earned aid.
  • Funds are returned to the appropriate federal program based on the percentage of unearned aid using the following formula:
  • Aid to be returned = (100% of the aid that could be disbursed minus the percentage of earned aid) multiplied by the total amount of aid that could have been disbursed during the payment period or term.

How the Percentage of "Earned Aid" is Treated

If a student earned less aid than was disbursed, the institution would be required to return a portion of the funds and the student would be required to return a portion of the funds.

  • Federal regulations allow schools to charge a student for any amount paid on the student's behalf. WilmU will return grant funds to the federal government on the student's behalf and will bill the student for any account balance created when Title IV aid is returned.
  • Students are required to repay any balance owed to WilmU before transcripts or diplomas will be released or before students can register for an upcoming semester.  The student's share of loan funds to be returned may be repaid in accordance with the terms of the master promissory note.
  • Returned funds are allocated in the following order:
    • Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loans (other than PLUS loans)
    • Subsidized Direct Stafford Loans
    • Federal Perkins Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans
    • Federal Pell Grants for which a Return of funds is required
    • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants for which a Return of funds is required
    • TEACH Grant (TEACH) for which a return of funds is required
    • Other assistance under this Title for which a Return of funds is required

If a student earned more aid than was disbursed to him/her, the institution would owe the student a post-withdrawal disbursement which must be paid within 120 days of the student's withdrawal. The institution must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible no later than 45 days after the date of the determination of the date of the student’s withdrawal.