Federal regulations require that students begin attendance or have participated in each of their classes in order to receive federal financial aid. Students who fail to begin a course will be administratively dropped and may result in an adjustment to their financial aid.
UMKC confirms students began attendance through an Administrative Attendance Survey conducted through UMKC Connect. Course instructors are sent the survey for each class they instruct and indicate if a student began attendance in the course or if the student has never attended.Learn more
What is considered attending/participating in a course?
A student is considered to have begun attendance or participated in a course if they have done one of the following:
- Physically attended a class with direct interaction
- Submitted an academic assignment
- Taken an exam, interactive tutorial, or computer-based instruction
- Attended a school-assigned study group
- Participated in online discussion about academic matters
- Initiated contact with a faculty member to ask about subject studied
Please note that logging into Blackboard or some other online system is NOT considered confirmation that a student began attendance in their course.
FERPA Consent is Required
The Financial Aid and Scholarships office cannot release financial aid information to anyone unless we have written consent from the student to release information. This includes parents who are also university employees. Students can give consent to a third party, by following the instructions outlined in the Additional Authorized Access and Third Party FERPA Release Instructions. Students will need to provide the name and relationship of the person they wish to release information to along with basic contact information.Learn More
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a compilation of federal regulations passed by Congress in 1974. The purpose of FERPA is to provide rights to students and their families with regard to access and privacy of academic records.
FERPA guarantees students at the postsecondary level the right to inspect and view their academic records. It also prohibits UMKC from releasing information from a student’s record to any third party unless the student authorizes the release. However, the regulations which may be found in 34 CFR Part 99, outline several exceptions to the general rules stated above. For details on the UMKC implementation of FERPA, please refer to the General Catalog appendix section Policy on Student Records.
All questions regarding student academic records should be directed to the UMKC Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office manages official student records and serves as the initial contact on all FERPA issues.
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Academic Unit Scholarship Database
If you are one of the staff members appointed to use the Academic Unit Scholarship Database on behalf of your Academic Unit, you can gain access to the site by contacting the Assistant Director of Scholarships. Our office receives Academic Unit scholarship awards through this database.
University Educational Assistance Program
Eligible employees, their spouses and dependents, and retirees may qualify for tuition assistance through the University of Missouri. The criteria for eligibility and benefit amount vary by classification.