Instructors will receive requests for LDA by email from Financial Aid and Scholarships each semester. If there are multiple instructors listed on the course, all instructors will be contacted; only one instructor needs to respond. Please respond to the request by email within 1 week of the initial request. Failure to respond could result in the student's loss of federal financial aid.
The purpose of the LDA request is to comply with federal regulation which requires the student have academic activity or attendance with regard to the federal financial aid they have/will received. There are multiple situations that require an LDA request:
- Single course withdrawal
- Complete withdrawal from the University
- Suspension or expulsion from the University
- Student death
What is LDA?
Last Date of Academic Activity or Attendance (LDA) is the last date the student attended your course or completed one of the following:
- Submission of an academic assignment
- Examination, interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction
- Study group
- Participation in on-line discussion board about academic matters
- Initiation of contact with instructor to ask question about academic subject
Note: Logging in to Blackboard to access notes or the syllabus, telephone correspondence or emailing the instructor asking to make up assignments or quizzes does NOT qualify as attendance.
Instructors are not required to take attendance, so relevant coursework in most cases is enough to validate LDA. If the instructor is not able to validate LDA with attendance records or relevant coursework, please respond indicating the student had no attendance.
Why is providing LDA information important?
It is very important correct information is reported in a timely manner as it has a direct impact on the amount of federal financial aid the student is eligible for. Please respond to the initial request within 1 week of receipt. Failure to provide a response in a timely manner may cause processing delays, late payment charges, and other negative consequences for the student. Failure to respond could result in the student's loss of federal financial aid.
Note: Feel free to forward requests to teaching/grad assistants for LDA reporting. They may report LDA directly to Financial Aid and Scholarships on your behalf.