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Don't Lose Your Financial Aid!

Financial Aid and Online Attendance

Don’t lose your financial aid. Get into your online courses and participate!

Are you a student receiving financial aid? Are you enrolled in online courses? If so, please note that what you do in your online courses, as well as what you don’t do, can affect your financial aid award. According to Federal Regulations, online students must participate in their online courses prior to 12th class day in order to be “marked present.” If students do not participate in their online courses, they will be “marked absent” and their financial aid award will be lost.

Logging into the SHSU Online Campus in Blackboard is not enough!

Online attendance, according to Federal Regulations, is counted ONLY when you do one of the following:

  • Submit an assignment; or
  • Take a test of quiz; or
  • Post in an online discussion within your course; or
  • Post to a Blog or Journal within your course.

If you are taking a hybrid class that meets both, face-to-face AND online, you can also physically attend a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students, or you can initiate contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Again, just logging into Blackboard is not enough!

When is the 12th class day?

For the Fall 2016, the 12th class is Friday, September 09, 2016. If you want to be “marked present” in your online courses, you need to submit an assignment, take a test, post to a discussion, or complete a blog or journal by then.

What happens if your instructor doesn’t have an activity for you to complete before the 12th class day?

Reach out to your professor, and ask them to please set something up that can document your attendance.

Checkout the full policy here:

Online Attendance & Participation Policy