Federal regulations prevent students from receiving financial aid for classes unless the student has academically engaged in the course.

Academic engagement, as defined by the Department of Education, is active participation by a student in an instructional activity related to the student's course of study that:

  1. Is defined by the institution in accordance with any applicable requirements of its state or accrediting agency;
  2. Includes, but is not limited to:
    • Attending (physically or online) asynchronous class, lecture, recitation, or field/laboratory activity where there is an opportunity for interaction between the instructor and students
    • Submitting an academic assignment
    • Taking an assessment or exam
    • Participating in a tutorial, webinar, or other computer-assisted instruction that is interactive.
    • Participating in a study group, group project, or online discussion assigned by the institution
    • Interacting with an instructor about academic matters


Note: Logging into an online class or tutorial is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate academic engagement.

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