Return of unearned Military Tuition Assistance Fund
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire term for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.
To comply with the Department of Defense (DOD) policy, Augustana College will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through the 60% portion of the term for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment term. Unearned funds are returned based upon the when the student stop attending.
If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Augustana College will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.
When a student “officially” withdraws from a course, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance.
For unofficial withdrawals, Augustana will determine the last date of attendance (LDA) by reviewing the last date of activity within a course. Augustana College will reach out to the instructor to determine the LDA.
Once LDA has been determined, Augustana will recalculate TA eligibility based on the following formula:
Number of days completed / Total days of the course (start to end date) = percent earned
Return of funds
Determining eligibility for TA is class specific. The start and end date will be used for each class to determine eligibility. Using the formula above, Augustana will be required to return some or all of the TA awarded to service members who did not complete at least 60% of each course; possibly creating a balance on the student account.