Office of Financial Aid

University of Mississippi


The policy below relates ONLY to Federal Title IV aid (Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, SEOG, TEACH, Work-Study, Direct Loans, Perkins Loan, and PLUS loans). Institutional awards (such as Academic Excellence Scholarships and McKinstry Loans) and state grants (such as MTAG and MESG) are not included.


Per federal regulations, you establish eligibility for aid only if you actually “SHOW UP” for your classes. Therefore, your presence in a class will be documented by the instructor through taking roll or by use of attendance ID scanners. This will be done at one of the class meetings within the first two weeks of class for a regular Fall/Spring semester (shorter time frames apply for mini-terms like Winter Intersession and summer).

All courses must be verified. Note that this policy also applies to online classes, thesis/dissertation hours, labs, Study Abroad, and internships – although the methods of “attendance collection” are modified.

Processing of federal aid is affected by non-attendance in the following ways:

  1. Once the semester starts, disbursement will be held until the University confirms that you have attended at least one class. (For summer terms, no federal aid will be released until an instructor has documented attendance in at least one class).
  1. Following the Mandatory Drop Date (MDD), Financial Aid will “lock in” your enrollment based on your class schedule as of the end of that day – and ONLY those courses where attendance has been verified.   These are the credit hours that will be used to determine your final aid eligibility for the term.   Any previously disbursed aid may have to be adjusted to them, which may mean reduced aid amounts and/or paybacks. Please visit to confirm the MDD for each term.

On or after the MDD, you will be dropped from classes that you failed to attend. And you will still be responsible for your tuition and fees. So don’t let that happen! For more information, please visit