Dropping classes: potential impact on financial aid

Q:  I am working with a youth who started school full time at a community college three weeks ago.  He’s struggling in one of his classes and is thinking about dropping the class.  Will this impact his financial aid?

A:  Federal Financial aid such as Pell grants are prorated based on course load.  If dropping a class results in him no longer qualifying as full time status (less than 12 units), his financial aid award will be reduced.  If he has already received his financial aid payment, this can result in an overpayment which can have a variety of negative consequences, including a block on registration the following term.  He should meet with a financial aid counselor as soon as possible to understand all of the implications of dropping a class as well as an academic counselor to determine what resources may be available to help him be successful in the class.  Dropping the class after the drop deadline may also impact whether the student gets placed on academic probation.

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