Why would my Financial Aid Award be adjusted?

There are several reasons a student’s financial aid award could be adjusted. The most common reasons include:​​​​​​​

Changes in funding

Your financial aid award is based on projected funding from Federal, State, and DMACC sources.  If the projected funding is more than the actual funding available, your financial aid award will be adjusted to reflect these changes.  For example, in the event that available state funds are insufficient to pay the full amount of each approved grant, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission has the authority to administratively reduce the award.

Changes in federal regulations

All federally funded programs are subject to change at any time as a result of legislative action.  If the eligibility rules for an award change due to circumstances outside of the control of the DMACC Financial Aid Office, a previously offered award may be reduced or eliminated.  

Changes in number of credit hours in which you are enrolled

The amount of your financial aid award often depends on the number of credit hours you are taking. Your initial award is prepared based on full-time, full-year enrollment. If you do not enroll fulltime or do not plan to come back to DMACC for a subsequent semester, your award may need to be adjusted to reflect these changes.
A change in credit hours can affect your financial aid award package even after you have accepted the award.  Please contact the Financial Aid office with questions concerning changes in enrollment.

​If you are registered for (Fall/Spring):  ​% of your total awarded grant funds disbursed: 
​12+ credit hours   ​100%
​9-11 credit hours   ​75%
​6-8 credit hours    ​50%
​Less than 6 credit hours   ​25%

(Enrollment levels are determined differently for the summer term as 8 credit hours is considered fulltime).

Taking Coursework Not Required for your Current DMACC Program​

A student may only receive financial aid funds for courses that count towards their current DMACC ​degree/certificate. To comply with this regulation, DMACC must track the courses​ that a student is registered for and ensure that they count towards their current DMACC degree, diploma, or certificate program​. [Learn more]

Class Attendance

You must attend class to receive your financial aid. Therefore, DMACC's Financial Aid Office will verify that a student has attended with his or her instructor. If a student does not show up for class, he or she will have their financial aid reduced and/or eliminated.

Unearned Financial Aid Funds (Return of Title IV)​

Students may need to repay financial aid that they received but did not earn since they did not complete the term. This is commonly referred to as the Return of Title IV (federal financial aid).

Satisfactory Academic Progress​

Federal regulations require that students maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the program of study they are pursuing in order to receive financial aid. This means that a student must meet certain academic standards in order to continue to receive financial aid at DMACC.

Special circumstances

Please contact the Financial Aid office if you have a special circumstance come up during the semester. A special circumstance may include involuntary loss of employment or other conditions outside of your control that impact your financial situation. These circumstances may warrant an adjustment to your financial aid eligibility. ​