UCF is instituting a new policy starting this fall that will jeopardize students’ aid if they aren’t academically engaged in each of their classes during the first week, which ends Aug. 27.

“Without verification of this engagement, students will be in jeopardy of not receiving all of their aid,” Brian Boyd, university registrar, and Alicia Keaton, director of student financial aid, said in the email to students.


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Officials from UCF sent out an email explaining the new policy stating that professors will be documenting students’ involvement the first week of school by either academic activity or attendance.

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UCF said that students and faculty will be using Webcourses to confirm all academic activity. Students are advised to check for assignments from each of their courses and submit them no later than Aug. 27.

“I think that [the policy] it’s good and bad. I understand the need for the school to be informed about the status of students receiving aid,” Kailyn Baker, a senior majoring in psychology, said.

“On the other hand, I think that at this point in time we’re adults,” Baker said. “Personally, if I’ve paid for a class, then I don’t feel my attendance should matter. I’ve paid you, and now I can decide what classes I feel are important to attend. A lot of students don’t need to attend every class to get a good grade in a class.”

Students can prevent any disruption in financial aid by:

  • submitting an academic assignment
  • taking a quiz
  • an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction

UCF cited federal regulations as the reason for this change, but Knight News will be contacting UCF officials for details. ‚Äč

3 COMMENTS

  1. @goknights financial aid doesn’t just mean free tax dollars. Financial aid includes unsubsidized loans which I have to pay back in full with interest. Trust me I have paid a lot more taxes than you have.

  2. GoKnights, I never got a dollar from the state or nation in terms of stipends or subsidized loans. (A good number of people I know received stipends.) I think you are confusing aid with freebies; that is, it goes down as financial aid even when someone receives “aid” that they will pay much, much, much more for in the future (in general) than it is worth. Yes, they probably would not have gotten that loan without the gov’t backing them but nevertheless the companies issuing them sure as heck get their buck back in the end.

    Remove stipends, remove subsidies, and your ‘tax dollars’ mean nothing. Wait, but they do, and that is your subsidy of “in-state tuition.” That is what your tax dollars are really going to. And whether a student goes to class or not you will be paying that. So Baker’s comments do mean something.

    What you should be worrying about more is UCF getting its fair share of tax payer money because at the moment we do not; and we will continue to pay no matter what you say or do. Everything UCF does is basically funded on the backs of our students. We get relatively few tax dollars compared to some universities. It’s politics of course and we have over come and excelled and done much more with the dollars we have been given than arguably any other university in the state.

    Tax dollars, “aid”, these are vague terms…

  3. If you are not receiving financial aid, this doesn’t matter to the student, right? So Baker’s comment is irrelevant, if you’ve paid for the class on you’re own, you’re unaffected. If you fail to pay for the class on your own and require me to pay for your class for you (through my tax dollars) then sitting at home is not an option, and I support that. Hopefully we’ll reduce spending on financial aid for those who don’t even show up to class.

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