Students receiving Federal and University Aid are subject to a Financial Aid Determination Date (FADD) for each semester aid is received. The FADD is normally the end of the 23rd day of the semester or when it is determined the student has a valid FAFSA, whichever is later. For semester-specific Financial Aid Determination Dates, please refer to the Dates and Deadlines page. The Financial Aid Office determines the student’s official registration as of the student’s FADD. This measurement is an automatic process. Students who are not registered at this time are not eligible for Federal or University Aid.

Dropping Classes Before the FADD

Students who completely withdraw from classes any time before midnight on the FADD of the semester:

  • University grants will be cancelled, and the student will be required to return all funds.
  • Pell Grant and Direct Student Loans will be evaluated to determine how much the student is required to repay.

Students enrolled in less than the required credits for a full award as of midnight on the FADD and have the following aid awarded:

  • BYU-Idaho Grants: the entire amount of grant(s) will be cancelled, and the student is required to return all funds.
  • Pell Grant: some Pell Grant may be returned/prorated depending on the student’s change in program applicable credits.
  • Direct Student Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized): already disbursed loans will not be returned. Undisbursed loans may be prorated/cancelled depending on the student’s change in program applicable credits.

NOTE: Students must be registered for Second Block classes by the FADD for their total credits to count toward their financial aid. Waitlisted or audited classes do NOT count.

Dropping Classes After the FADD

  • Students who completely withdraw or reduce their credits after the FADD will not be required to return BYU-Idaho Grants.
  • Students who completely withdraw or reduce their credits after the FADD will have their Pell Grant and Direct Student Loans evaluated to determine how much they are required to repay. Withdrawn courses will be checked for participation.
  • Students who fail all courses (with “F” or “UW” grades) in a semester will be checked for participation and may be required to return all or a portion of the funds to the university.
  • Students who drop any or all of their semester classes after the FADD will receive "W" grades on their transcript. Withdrawing from classes after FADD can negatively impact a student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status, potentially making them ineligible for future Federal and University Aid.

Submitting a FAFSA After the Priority Deadline

Students who submit their FAFSA after the priority deadline are at risk of having a different FADD than the date advertised on the Academic Deadlines calendar. If a student’s FAFSA is processed after the semester’s advertised FADD, that student’s FADD is the date their FAFSA is processed and awards will be set for the credits enrolled in on that date.

Example: If a student registers for 6 program applicable credits but is late to receive their loan offers because the student’s FAFSA is still being processed, the student is at risk of having a different FADD than the date advertised on the Academic Deadlines calendar. For example, the student drops to 5 credits the day after the advertised FADD and the student’s FAFSA completes processing a week later, the student’s awards will be based on those 5 credits, not the credits enrolled in on the advertised FADD. If this student were to re-enroll in 6 or more program applicable credits, loans may be offered, but not Pell Grants.

Example: A student is registered for 12 program applicable credits, but the student’s FAFSA is still being verified. If the student drops to 3 program applicable credits the day after the advertised FADD date and the student’s FAFSA does not complete verification until 4 weeks after the advertised FADD date, the student will only receive the awards they qualify to receive for being enrolled in 3 program applicable credits. Even though the student was in 12 credits on the advertised FADD date, the student’s actual FADD date is the day the student’s FAFSA completed processing.