Unusual Enrollment History

Unusual Enrollment History (UEH) flags:  Beginning in 2013-14, some Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs) will be flagged for "unusual enrollment history" by the U. S. Department of Education as a result of the student having received federal Pell Grants at multiple institutions in recent years.  Flags "2" and "3" require that the current institution review the student�s enrollment history and determine whether or not the student is enrolling only long enough to receive cash refunds of federal student aid. 

NOTE:  The Ivy Tech Financial Aid Office, in the process of reviewing a student's UEH flag, will check the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for complete enrollment history

Review Periods:

2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13

2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14


How to resolve: All students with UEH flag 3 and some students with UEH flag 2 will be required to provide to Ivy Tech their academic transcripts or grade reports from all colleges and universities attended during the review period.  If Pell Grants were received and credit hours (passing grades:  A - D) were not earned at each institution attended during these award years, the student may be determined ineligible for further federal financial aid.  The Financial Aid Office has the authority to require an official academic transcript from any/all colleges attended during the review period if the documents you submit are unclear.

  • If your Student Aid Report (SAR) includes UEH flag 3, please complete the Unusual Enrollment History Review form (2013-14, 2014-15) and submit to your local Financial Aid Office along with all required documentation. 
  • If your SAR includes UEH flag 2, Ivy Tech will notify you if you will be required to complete the Unusual Enrollment History Review form.

Appealing the ineligibility determination: if a student has been determined by Ivy Tech to be ineligible for federal student aid on the basis of (or lack of) documentation, he/she may appeal the determination by contacting the Financial Aid Office. 

Regaining federal student aid eligibility: Students whose aid eligibility is denied as a result of their UEH can be re-considered for federal student aid after meeting with an academic advisor, enrolling for three academic terms only in courses that are required by their program, not dropping or withdrawing from (officially or unofficially) any courses after the term begins, and meeting the College's standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  To review the complete SAP policy, visit www.ivytech.edu/financial-aid/SAP/.

Annual, Aggregate, and Lifetime Limits, and Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements: 

  • Federal Pell Grants may be received for up to twelve (12) full-time semesters.  (Pell Grants received for part-time attendance are pro-rated against the 12 full-time semesters.)  
  • There are annual and aggregate borrowing limits on Federal Direct Loans, and these loans can be borrowed only up 150% of the published length of the student's  academic program. 
  • All financial aid programs are subject to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, which measure students' progress toward program completion.   Components of SAP are a minimum GPA, minimum completion rate, and maximum time frame.  For complete SAP details, please visit www.ivytech.edu/financial-aid/SAP/.

To help students achieve academic success before exhausting federal financial aid limits, Ivy Tech requires students to seek academic advising when planning their course schedules and throughout their college experience.  When facing academic difficulties, students are encouraged to seek tutoring and other support services through their advisor.