Refund and Repayment Policy

Chipola College is required to follow a Federal Financial Aid repayment policy for any student who receives the following Federal Financial Aid.

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The refund policy specifies that you are not entitled to 100% of your federal financial aid until you have completed more than 60% of a semester.

If you receive Federal Financial Aid funds and you withdraw or cease attendance in all courses on or before completing 60% of the term enrolled you may be required to repay all or part of the Title IV aid you receive. This will result in a debt to Chipola, and may result in an additional debt to the Federal Government.

Students who withdraw or cease attendance in all courses on or before completing 60% of the term may have the following payment obligations as mandated by the Federal Government.

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG

Chipola will be required to return a portion of the federal funds you received. When this occurs, you will owe this amount to Chipola as unpaid fees. You will be billed for the unpaid fees and your grades and transcripts will be held until all Chipola debts have been paid.

You must repay your Federal Stafford Loan in accordance with the conditions on your promissory note. Any additional grant money (Federal Pell or FSEOG) you must repay to the Federal Government is considered a federal overpayment. You must either repay the amount in full to Chipola within 45 days of the date you are notified of the overpayment, or make satisfactory arrangements with the United States Department of Education (USDOE) to repay the amount that is owed. If you fail to repay or make satisfactory arrangements to repay a federal grant overpayment, you will lose further eligibility for all federal aid, for attendance at any college. This loss of eligibility will continue until the debt is paid in full, or satisfactory repayment arrangements are made with the USDOE.

If you are having difficulty with any of your courses, you are encouraged to seek advice from your instructor. You may also receive assistance from an academic advisor at Chipola. Also check with the Academic Center for Excellence Lab (ACE Lab) for free tutoring.  You are encouraged to make every effort to maintain attendance in your courses and to avoid withdrawing from all of your courses.

Contact the Chipola Financial Aid Office with any questions or to receive an example of a “Return of Title IV” calculation.

The Florida Department of Education will require a refund for all Bright Future Scholarship recipients for the award amount received for courses withdrawn after the end of the drop/add period. Refunds will be made to Chipola College. Bright Future Scholarships will not be awarded for the next term until all withdrawal refunds have been paid to the College.