Changes in Summer Enrollment

Changes in a Student’s Summer Enrollment Require
Recalculation of Summer Aid Eligibility

    • You are encouraged to contact a financial aid advisor before deciding to drop a summer course or withdrawing from the summer term.
    • Any change in your summer enrollment could change the amount of federal aid you are eligible to receive.

Federal regulations governing student financial aid have specific provisions for any program offered in modules. A program is considered to be offered in modules if, for the period of enrollment, a course or courses in the program do not span the entire length of the period of enrollment.

All courses in the UA Little Rock summer term are considered to be offered in modules because there are multiple parts of term and no single part of term spans the entire semester:

Part of Term Begin Date End Date
Full Summer Term 2021 May 24, 2021 August 9, 2021
Summer 1 (10 weeks) May 24, 2021 July 27, 2021
Summer 2 (first 5 weeks) May 24, 2021 June 28, 2021
Summer 3 (8 weeks) June 7, 2021 July 28, 2021
Summer 4 (second 5 weeks) July 6, 2021 August 9, 2021

Federal regulations for students receiving financial aid while enrolled in a program offered in modules specify:

      1. when federal aid eligibility must be recalculated; and
      2. when a student is considered to have withdrawn from the summer semester.

Once the summer term begins, you are encouraged to contact a financial aid advisor before deciding to drop a course or withdraw from the term:

      • Any change in your summer enrollment could change the amount of federal aid you are eligible to receive.
      • The date that you drop a summer class or classes and/or withdraw from the summer term is very important. Be sure you understand how your actions will impact your aid eligibility.
      • Federal aid may be reduced or canceled even if funds have already paid to your UA Little Rock student account.

EXAMPLES: Changes in Summer Enrollment Will Affect Summer Aid Eligibility

Example 1

John initially enrolls in the Summer 2 and Summer 4 parts of term. He begins Summer 2 classes on May 24 but decides on June 3 that the Summer 2 course is too difficult and decides to drop the class. Because the Summer 4 class has not started, John must confirm his intent to attend the future Summer 4 part of term. If he does not confirm his future attendance, he will be considered withdrawn from the Summer term as of June 3. If he confirms his future attendance, but does not begin the Summer 4 class, his date of withdrawal will be June 3. This means federal regulations governing the return of federal aid apply to either scenario, and the calculation will be based on the beginning and ending dates for his original summer enrollment, May 24 through August 9, 2021.

Example 2

Mary enrolls in the Summer 2 and Summer 4 parts of term. She completes her Summer 2 class on June 28 and on July 5 decides to drop the Summer 4 class. Because Mary was not attending any classes on July 5 (Summer 2 had ended and Summer 4 had not yet begun), she is considered to have withdrawn from the Summer term. This means federal regulations governing the return of federal aid apply, and the calculation will be based on the beginning and ending dates for her original summer enrollment, May 24 through August 9, 2021.

Example 3

Susan enrolls in Summer 1, Summer 2 and Summer 4. She begins enrollment in her Summer 1 and Summer 2 classes on May 24. On June 10, she decides to drop her Summer 1 class. Because she is still attending her Summer 2 class at that time, she is not considered to be withdrawn from the term. No confirmation of future attendance is required and federal regulations governing the return of federal aid do not apply, but Susan’s overall eligibility for federal aid must be recalculated based on her reduced enrollment.

Susan then decides to drop her Summer 4 class on June 25, before the end of the Summer 2 part of term and before Summer 4 has begun. Again, because she is still attending her Summer 2 class, federal regulations governing the return of federal aid do not apply. However, as in the previous example, her eligibility for federal aid must be recalculated based on her reduced enrollment.