Enrollment Issues

Financial aid can only be awarded to support enrollment in classes required for a SUNY Adirondack degree or certificate program.  Specific programs will consider a student’s enrollment status:

  • Full-time- 12 or more credits
  • Three-quarter time- 9 to 11 credits
  • Half-time- 6 to 8 credits
  • Less than half-time- 1 to 5 credits

We are required to monitor students’ enrollment status at various points during the year and may need to re-calculate aid eligibility for changes;

  • between award date and start of the semester
  • during the add/drop period (first five days of a semester)
  • during the first three weeks of a semester
  • if a professor reports a student as a “no show” (never attended class)
  • withdrawal from all classes prior to the 60% point of a semester (dates posted in the Financial Aid Office)
  • between the fall and spring semesters 

Withdrawal from classes

All financial aid recipients are encouraged to seek the advice of a Financial Aid Administrator prior to withdrawing from a class.  We will offer advice regarding impact on current semester and future aid eligibility at SUNY Adirondack.  The ultimate decision is up to the student.

Withdrawal from the college

Federal regulations require re-calculation of a student’s eligibility for federal grants (Pell, SEOG) and loans if the student withdraws prior to the 60% point of a semester.  Students withdrawing from all classes are required to meet with a Financial Aid Administrator and Counselor.  We must determine how much federal aid has been earned based on the portion of the semester completed.  This re-calculation could result in the need to return funds to the federal government (including re-payment of refunds) and /or a debt to the College.  Please see the College Catalog for details on the Return to Title IV process/calculation.