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Financial Aid

Capella University offers assistance to learners who would like to secure educational funding to help finance their academic program. Learners can find out more about financial aid by calling 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552) or on Campus at Financial Aid and Finances FAQs .

Course Repeat Policy

Undergraduate and Graduate Learners

Financial aid may be used to cover the cost of the first repeat of a failed course and for the first repeat of a course for which the learner received a passing grade. Learners approved to repeat a course beyond this may not use financial aid to cover the cost of the additional course repeats. This rule does not impact graduate learners in the comprehensive examination or dissertation courses.

Repeat course credits ineligible for financial aid are not included in course load calculations for financial aid purposes.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal and state laws require learners to maintain satisfactory academic progress during their period of enrollment to remain eligible for financial aid. In compliance with federal and state regulations, Capella University has established policies for all learners regarding financial aid satisfactory academic progress, financial aid warning, financial aid probation, and the financial aid appeals process.

These policies are described in detail on Campus at Resources, Policies and Administration, University Policies.

FlexPath Option and Course Progression Requirements 

Financial aid recipients enrolled in a program with the FlexPath learning format must meet progression requirements to continue to receive financial aid disbursements.

The minimum progression requirements to maintain eligibility are as follows:

Miniumum Program Point Enrollment 

1.5 program points

24-Week Program Point Requirement

4.5 program points

48-Week Program Point Requirement

9 program points

Minimum Program Point Enrollment

3 program points

24-Week Program Point Requirement

9 program points

48-Week Program Point Requirement

18 program points

Progression is evaluated at weeks 24 and 48 of the learner’s academic year. If progression is not met, the payment period end date may be extended, disbursements may be delayed, and there may be a loss of financial aid eligibility. 

Refund Procedure for Financial Aid Recipients

Learners receiving financial aid should contact the Financing Support Team before canceling course registration and requesting a refund. They may be required to pay back all or part of the financial aid award prior to receiving any refund from Capella University.

Return of Title IV Policy

Financial aid recipients who completely withdraw from their program or drop all of their courses prior to the 60 percent point of a term are subject to the Federal Return of Title IV Funds policy regulations for any federal aid not earned. Details of actual refund calculations are available upon request from the Financing Support Team. Financial aid funds will be returned to the appropriate agency.

Undergraduate learners will have funds returned in the order of:

  1. Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  2. Subsidized Direct Loans
  3. Federal Grants
  4. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Graduate learners will have funds returned in the order of:

  1. Unsubsidized Direct Loans
  2. Graduate PLUS Loans

Financial aid eligibility is in direct correlation with course participation. If learners withdraw from Capella and have received financial aid, specific procedures will be followed, which can be found in the Tuition and Fee Refunds policy located on Campus.


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