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Drop or Add a Class 

Students receiving financial aid (federal grants, state scholarships, etc.) should notify the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping a class or withdrawing from Motlow. For some types of financial aid there is  no forgiveness  for lost eligibility.

If you are considering dropping any of your classes, please speak with a Student Success Advisor in the Student Success Center. Dropping classes could be problematic especially if you are:

  • Dropping to less than 12 credit hours if you are TN Promise
  • Dropping to less than 6 credits hours if you are TN Reconnect
  • Dropping any courses as a Dual Enrollment student

If you add or drop a class, after financial aid has posted to your account, it is important that you notify the Financial Aid Office so that aid can be adjusted as needed.

Federal Regulations

If you add or drop a class within the first 14 days of a semester your financial aid will be adjusted accordingly — more financial aid for an added class, or less aid because of a dropped class. However, after the 14th day, you will be responsible for any account balance discrepancy caused by adding or dropping a class.

Your instructor reports attendance that confirms any federal Title IV financial aid you receive for that class. You can check your attendance record in MyMotlow under the “Student” tab. Financial Aid reviews enrollment and attendance records each week.

Repayment Policy

If we determine that you have officially or unofficially withdrawn and that you owe a balance of any federal financial aid, you will have 45 calendar days after notification to make a repayment in full or to make satisfactory repayment arrangements.

You are unable to re-enroll or obtain transcripts until your outstanding account balance has been repaid or resolved.

If you borrowed any federal student direct loans that were effective during your withdrawal, those loans will go into repayment, according to the terms of your master promissory note.

Hope and Hope Access Scholarships

If you are a full-time student who begins the semester with 12 or more credit hours, then either drop below 12 credit hours or stop attending, you will lose the HOPE scholarship forever. If you are a part-time student who begins the semester with 6-11 credit hours, then either drop below 6 hours or stop attending, you will lose the HOPE scholarship forever. There is no forgiveness.

 Pell Grant

If you drop or stop attending all of your classes in a single semester, you may owe financial aid back to Motlow State.

Tennessee Promise

All Tennessee Promise students are enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) and attend all classes until the end of the semester. If you drop, withdraw from or stop attending a class and drop below 12 credit hours, you will lose the Tennessee Promise scholarship forever. Don’t forget the additional requirements for Tennessee Promise students to be eligible for the scholarship.

Tennessee Reconnect

If you drop below 6 credit hours, you will lose the Tennessee Reconnect grant forever.

Dual Enrollment Grant

Dropping a dual enrollment course can not only have financial or future loss of grant consequences, it could affect your high school graduation requirements. Consult with your high school guidance counselor and dual enrollment coordinator before dropping a class. 


If you receive financial aid through the VA and/or a GI Bill, you may have to repay all financial aid for any class you drop. Also, decreasing your enrollment (for example, from 12 credit hours to 6 credit hours) may affect your basic allowance for housing funds. Always check with our Veterans Affairs Office — or the VA directly — about the consequences of dropping or withdrawing from a class.

 As a reminder, if you wish to drop a full-term class (while remaining enrolled in at least one other class) please obtain a signature from your professor and complete a Drop/Add Form. After completion, this form should be taken to the Admissions Office.

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