In order to ensure that you keep your aid, there are a number of situations that you must absolutely avoid:
Do not drop classes: If you drop a class, you may be required to repay part or all of the funds received. For example, if you receive a full-time Federal Pell Grant payment (100% of the awarded amount) and you withdraw from one or more of your classes, after the first day of classes but before the official withdrawal date listed in the schedule of classes, and remain with at least 1.0 tuition unit through 5.5 tuition units, the amount of Pell funds you receive for the session will be reduced. If this amount is less than the amount you charged or credited towards tuition/fees and a book voucher, you will immediately have to pay the difference to the Bursar's Office. For more information on the impact of dropping classes on your financial aid, visit:
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» Avoid Missing Embedded Prerequisites: Once you’ve selected your major, make sure you know the number of credits needed for the major and which prerequisites are required so you can plan properly to take them. If you wait to take prerequisites until you’re close to graduating, you may have taken too many other credits that do not count toward your major and financial aid may not be available to cover your major’s needed prerequisite courses.
» Applying Late: We strongly recommend that all applicants file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Federal aid is awarded on a first come first served basis. You can apply for aid before you apply to LaGuardia. If you apply late, you may have to pay tuition up front while waiting for your aid awards to come in. Many non U.S. citizens will not be eligible for federal financial aid, but may need FAFSA results to qualify for state or private financial aid, which is why we recommend that everyone file a FAFSA application early. Also, keep in mind that the FAFSA has deadlines for filing, which can be found on application website.
» Registering Late: Registering late for classes can complicate how you fund your education. When you register on or after the payment due date, or during Late Registration, the College accepts your registration as your bona fide commitment to pay tuition and fees and attend classes. This means that you must pay any amount due upon receipt of your registration bill, including a $25 late registration fee. If payment is not made immediately, a $15 late payment fee will be assessed. If you drop classes on or after the first day of classes for any session, you will be charged a portion or all of your tuition and fees. Please check the Tuition Liability/Refund Schedule, which can be found in the Schedule of Classes, to determine how much you owe. If you decide not to attend, you must officially drop your classes. Should you fail to do so, you will owe the College all tuition and fee charges for the session, even if you did not attend classes.
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