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Failure to participate in classes (EN grade)

Participation in your classes is critical for your academic success and your financial aid eligibility.

What is academically related participation?

The following are some guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education which define participation in academically related activities:

  • Physically attending a class where there is opportunity for interaction between instructor and students;
  • Submitting an academic assignment;
  • Taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer assisted instruction;
  • Attending an institution assigned study group;
  • Participating in an online discussion on academic matters;
  • Initiating contact with a faculty member after the course has begun to ask a question related to the academic area being studied in the course.
  • Note: Logging into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to constitute participation in an academically related activity.

What happens if I don’t participate in my classes?

Federal and institutional rules require ASU to review financial aid eligibility when a student fails for non-participation (EN grade) in their classes. This results in a reduction to the amount of aid you were eligible to receive. If you received all EN grades all of your financial aid will be canceled. Federal funds are returned to the U.S. Department of Education on your behalf. Any reduction or cancellation to your financial aid results in a charge on your ASU student account. This also impacts your Satisfactory Academic Progress.