Confirming an Academic Activity for Federal Financial Aid


Federal regulations require that federal aid awards be based on courses in which students have completed an academically related activity. Effective beginning in fall 2014, federal aid awards will disburse based on the number of credit hours in which an academic activity has been confirmed.

Academically related activities include but are not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • submitting an academic assignment;
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction;
    attending a study group that is assigned by the school;
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matters; or
  • initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

To assist in this process, students and faculty will use Webcourses@UCF (Canvas) to confirm academic activity. Faculty members have been given the option to either: 1) create an academic activity through Webcourse; or 2) take attendance.

Instructions to complete the Academic Activity:

  • Students log onto Webcourses@UCF through myUCF Self Service.
    • Enter your UCF Sign-On ID and password
  • Select the “Assignment” tab and identify if an academic activity is available for you to complete. Do this for each of your registered courses.
    • Examples of an academic activity are listed below, but are not limited to:
      • submitting an academic assignment
      • taking a quiz
      • an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction
  • If an academic activity is provided, you should complete it during the first week of classes each semester.
  • If an academic activity is NOT provided, your faculty member has chosen to physically take attendance. You must attend class so your attendance can be confirmed.

Please visit this page to review frequently asked questions.

An overview of Webcourses@UCF: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/other/student-tour/

Tutorials on commonly-used features, including submitting assignments, taking tests, and posting in discussions is available at: learn.ucf.edu/knights-online/using-webcourses-tutorials/

A list of getting started resources: learn.ucf.edu/knights-online/