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Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible program of study leading to a degree or diploma.
  • Complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year even as a returning student.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen with a valid Social Security number and be registered with the Selective Service if required.
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED®.
  • Comply with Delaware Tech academic and enrollment requirements.
  • Not be in default on a previous student loan nor owe a refund on any federal grant received from any institution.
  • Complete entrance and exit counseling available at as a first-time Direct Loans borrower.
  • Comply with all procedures for financial aid verification.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the College's Academic Standing Policy for financial aid recipients.
  • Meet any other requirement passed into law at any time by the Federal government or any policy change made by Delaware Tech.

Federal Regulations and Class Attendance

  • Students may receive Pell Grants for up to 12 full-time semesters (or the equivalent), if they qualify.
  • Federal law requires that students who receive Federal financial aid must attend the classes for which they are registered in order to receive financial aid payment. Students who never attend a class will not receive any Federal financial aid relating to that class, even when withdrawing from the College by following the College’s procedures for officially withdrawing.
  • Each semester, your instructors will notify the financial aid office at various times throughout the semester about any classes you are not attending or have stopped attending.
  • If your instructors indicate that you are not in attendance for a course, your financial aid will be adjusted downward. It is then possible that you will not have sufficient funds to pay your charges to the College, and you will be held responsible for making payment from your own resources.
  • Not attending your class is equivalent to an unofficial withdrawal from that course.
  • An unofficial withdrawal will affect your GPA and your enrollment status, thus affecting your eligibility for financial aid for the current semester and for future semesters.
  • You will also be charged for the course(s), which means you are responsible for paying for a class which you are not attending. It is best to withdraw officially from any course that you can no longer attend.  Your charges will be minimized and it is possible that there will be no adjustment to your financial aid. Refer to the College Student Handbook for a description of drop/add and withdrawal procedures for classes you are no longer attending. You must follow these procedures to minimize or avoid financial aid penalties.
  • The official withdrawal procedures do not pertain to classes that you never attend. If you have registered for a class and you will not be able to attend that class, you must drop the class during the first week of the session. While this may reduce the amount of your financial aid payment for the semester, you will avoid any financial aid penalties and charges for tuition and fees for that class.
  •  If you receive a financial aid payment greater than what you are eligible for, you have received an overpayment of your award. Students who have overpayments will be responsible for charges to the College and for paying back to the U.S. Department of Education any amount of that overpayment.
  • The College is required to report overpayments of financial aid awards to the Department of Education. Until you pay back the amount of your overpayment, you may be ineligible for financial aid at any institution you attend.
  • Remember: it is important that you attend all your classes and complete them successfully or officially withdraw from any or all of your classes that you are attending to minimize or avoid financial aid penalties. Contact your advisor or counselor for assistance.