Title IV Authorization
Title IV aid refers to Federal Student Aid established by the Higher Education Act of 1965 which also outlined the general rules that apply to those programs. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations only allow schools to use your Federal Student Aid to pay for current academic year institutional charges, unless you have granted permission to apply these funds to non-allowable charges as well. Examples of Title IV aid include, but are not limited to, Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants.
Your Title IV Federal Financial Aid will automatically pay your current year institutional charges (i.e. tuition, fees, room and board). You are not allowed to opt out not of paying these charges.
Per Title IV Federal regulations, you can voluntarily authorize the University of Arizona to pay your current year non-allowable charges with your Title IV Financial Aid. Examples of non-allowable charges include, but are not limited to, parking permits, library fines, ZonaZoo pass, Bookstore charges, and health insurance.
To grant permission:
- Login to your UAccess Student Center
- Select "Financial Aid Summary" from the Financial Aid menu
- Click the "Financial Aid Authorization" button near the bottom of the page
U.S. Department of Education regulations only allow schools to use Federal Student Aid to pay current academic year charges. Therefore, students are not able to use Federal Student Aid to pay Bursar’s student account charges for a previous academic year. The University of Arizona will release your current academic year’s funds without paying previous academic year charges. You may then pay your student account as you determine appropriate. University of Arizona’s academic year is made up of fall, winter, spring, summer, in that order. For that reason, summer semester charges cannot be paid with Federal Student Aid awarded for the following fall semester.
All other aid you are receiving (other than Federal Title IV) will pay any charge on your account regardless your permission concerning the Tittle IV aid. For example, scholarships or institutional grants will always pay any charge on your student account.
If you do not grant permission to pay non-allowable charges with your Title IV aid, we will release your aid to your student account and pay only allowable charges for the current academic year. You may receive a refund and may be sent a bill for any charges that could not be paid with your Title IV aid. Receiving a refund does not indicate that there are no pending charges on your account. For account inquiries, you may visit your UAccess Student Center.
The example below illustrates how a student who did not grant permission could receive a refund but still have a balance due.
|Direct Loan - Subsidized||-$1,000||$7,825|
|Parent PLUS Loan||-$10,000||$1,300|
|Refund to Student||$3,475||$1,300|
Balance due $1,300
(Note: Even though a refund was issued for $3,475, this student would still owe $1,300 for non- allowable charges)