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Initial Course Participation

Federal regulations require that student financial aid recipients commence attendance/participation in coursework to be eligible for financial aid.

Regulations define attendance/participation as follows:

(i)‘‘Academic attendance’’ and ‘‘attendance at an academically-related activity’’— Include, but are not limited to—

  1. Physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  2. Submitting an academic assignment;
  3. Taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; 
  4. Attending a study group that is assigned by the institution;
  5. Participating in an online discussion about academic matters; and
  6. Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course; and

(ii) Do not include activities where a student may be present, but not academically engaged, such as—

  1. Living in institutional housing;
  2. Participating in the institution’s meal plan;
  3. Logging into an online class without active participation; or
  4. Participating in academic counseling or advisement.

(iii) A determination of ‘‘academic attendance’’ or ‘‘attendance at an academically-related activity’’ must be made by the institution; a student’s certification of attendance that is not supported by institutional documentation is not acceptable.

Purdue instructors are required to report Initial Course Participation (ICP).

If a student has attended at least one class OR submitted one academic-related activity (quiz, homework, sign-in sheet, etc.), they are considered to have commenced participation for that individual course. Only those students who have never attended at least one class and have never submitted an academic-related activity are reported by the professor as not participating in the course.

Logging into Black Board is not considered in determining ICP, but academic activity submitted within Black Board is considered in ICP reporting.

By the end of the 4th week of class, the Division of Financial Aid reviews enrollment and ICP reporting for all financial aid recipients, including online self-paced or open-ended courses, and adjusts financial aid as necessary. Individuals planning to take 8 week courses during the second half of the semester must be enrolled in them by the end of the 4th week of the regular semester. ICP reporting for these courses should be completed by the end of the second week of the course. 

Although courses reported as not attending through ICP will appear on the transcript as enrolled, and will be billed by the Office of the Bursar, they cannot be considered as enrollment when adjusting financial aid.

If a student withdraws from the University or individual courses after the 4th week of class, further adjustments may be made to financial aid. 

Aid adjustments resulting from enrollment review cannot be reinstated for students who enroll in additional courses after the 4th week of class. Students who have remaining Stafford Loan eligibility however may continue to borrow.

Students can view their status on MyPurdue by: 

  1. Accessing the Academic tab
  2. Choosing “Initial Course Participation”
  3. Select the current term
  4. The header “Initial Course Participation” lists how professors have reported a student’s participation


Note:  If an instructor has reported “NO” (has not attended) and the student believes this information to be incorrect, they must contact their instructor to resolve the issue.