Unusual Enrollment History

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) has instituted processes that identify students who have an Unusual Enrollment History.  Unusual Enrollment History is defined by the Department as a student who has been awarded Pell Grant funds at multiple institutions, but did not earn any academic credit at each of those institutions.

Any student who has been identified by the Department as having an unusual enrollment history will have their file reviewed and will be required to submit additional documentation before a determination is made as to whether or not the student may receive Title IV aid at ACC.

If ACC determines, based on a review of the student’s academic records and other documentation, that the student is not eligible to receive Title IV aid at ACC, the student has a right to appeal.

A student may appeal to reinstate Title IV aid eligibility by submitting the following in an appeal packet:

  1. Completed Unusual Enrollment History Appeal form
  2. Written statement: The written statement should address what prevented you from earning academic credit at each of the institutions previously attended. Each prior school must have a separate explanation. Address what has changed significantly to allow academic success in future semesters.
  3. Supporting documentation: Attach supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances, including, but not limited to court documents, medical documents, birth/death records, military withdrawal, etc. Official transcripts from each of the previously attended schools must be included.

The completed packet must be submitted to the ACC Financial Aid Office. Appeals will be reviewed by a committee and the student will be notified of the decision within 14 days.