Unusual Enrollment History

The U.S. Department of Education has established new regulations to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program and Direct Student Loan Program by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. Some students have an unusual enrollment history (UEH) have legitimate reasons for their enrollment at multiple institutions. However, such an enrollment history requires the Office of Student Financial Aid to review your file in order to determine future federal financial aid eligibility. If selected by the Department of Education (via the FAFSA), this must be resolved before you receive financial aid.

Definition of Unusual Enrollment History


The specific pattern the Department of Education uses to select students includes those students who have received federal aid at multiple institutions during the past three academic years. Once the Department of Education indicates that a student has an unusual enrollment history, the Office of Student Financial Aid must request and review the academic history prior to determining federal financial aid eligibility for that student.


What information is required from you?

If selected, the Office of Student Financial Aid will add a ‘UEH’ requirement code in your Blue & Gold under Financial Aid Requirements. You are required to have received academic credit at any institution you receive the Federal Pell Grant/Federal Direct Loans while attending in those relevant academic years. You need to ensure that we have received all official transcripts for schools previously attended. These records were required at the time of admission and must be on file with the Admission’s Office for your financial aid review. The Office of Student Financial Aid will verify the academic credit was received at each institution during the relevant years. If so, we will notify you that you have satisfied this requirement. If you failed to receive academic credit at any institution you received a Federal Pell grant during the applicable award years, your financial aid will be denied and you will be notified.
Students with an unusual enrollment history will have one of the following UEH flags and C Codes on their ISIRs (Institutional Student Information Records), which is the school version of the SAR (Student Aid Report) issued by the Department of Education upon completion of the processing of a student’s FAFSA.

UEH Flag Value
“C” Code
Comment Code
Flag Description
School Action to Resolve Flag
N
No
None
Enrollment Pattern not unusual
No school action required
2
Yes
359
Possible enrollment pattern problem. May have received PELL funds at three institutions over two award years.
School must review enrollment/academic and financial aid records for the past three award years.
3
Yes
360
Questionable enrollment pattern. May have received PELL funds at three or more institutions in one award year.
School must review enrollment/academic and financial aid records for past three award years.

A UEH Flag (2 or 3) holds up the awarding and disbursement of financial aid.


Outcome

Students are able to appeal the financial aid requirement code for UEH by accessing the Unusual Enrollment History Form at: http://www.tamuk.edu/finaid/onlineforms/1617_Unusual_Enrollment_History_Form.pdf; a letter explaining the unusual enrollment history and documentation to support your explanation.
For students who demonstrate they earned academic credit at each of the previously attended institutions during the three prior academic years, no further action is required, and the student’s eligibility for federal student aid can be reinstated. Federal student aid eligibility will be reinstated when the enrollment history review outcome determines the student did not enroll solely to obtain a credit balance/refund payment, and the transcripts and other documentation support the student’s explanation.
Federal student aid eligibility will not be reinstated when the enrollment history review determines the documentation does not support or disprove that the student enrolled in multiple programs at multiple institutions solely to obtain a credit balance/refund payment, and the student did not earn academic credit at one or more of the prior institutions.
Your Enrollment History Review requirement does not determine your eligibility to register for classes.