Tuition and School Fees Refunds
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
This section includes information about income students may receive from refunds of tuition and school fees.
When a student who quits school receives a refund of tuition or mandatory fees, all of the following applies:
Funds originally determined not countable that are refunded are not countable.
Funds retained by the institution are not countable.
The countable educational income budgeted and prorated during the period, remains countable and continues to be budgeted.
When the refund is for an expense allowed as a deduction from countable educational income, the amount is prorated over the remainder of the period it is intended to cover.
Countable income is used to determine an income budget. (See Income Budgeting to see how FAA determines the income budget.) FAA needs to know about income that is both countable and not countable to determine whether a budgetary unit’s expenses are exceeding their income. (See Income Eligibility for more information about how FAA uses countable and not countable income.)
The participant has the primary responsibility for providing verification. (See Participant Responsibilities – Providing Verification for additional policy.)
For NA, all of the following income is required to be verified before eligibility is determined:
Reported on a new application, during the interview of a new application, or changes reported before the eligibility determination of a new application.
Changes after an eligibility determination of a new application (e.g., a renewal application, mid approval contact, etc.) and any of the following apply:
The source of the income has changed.
The income is questionable(g) or unclear(g).
The reported income amount has changed by $51 or more.
The previous verification in the case file is more than 59 calendar days old.
For CA, all income is required to be verified before determining eligibility.
Educational income is offset by educational expenses.
Examples of verification that can be used for refunds of tuition and fees include, and are not limited to, any of the following:
Award letter
Loan paper
Student expenses
Bank loan funds
Participant statement verification for transportation expenses
Expense receipts
School budget sheet or computer printout
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last revised 10/02/2023