Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

 
 

All students receiving Federal/State funds must continue to make progress towards their degree requirements. These requirements include both a qualitative and quantitative component. For example the chart below suggests that students must accumulate (accrue) 18 degree credits (27 for State aid) and have a cumulative GPA of 1.2 (1.8 for State aid) by the start of their 4th semester and complete 9 credits the previous semester. Grades of ‘E’ and ‘F’ (failing grades) do count as completion of coursework, unless an ‘I’ is changed to ‘E’. Transfer credits will be calculated in determining GPA requirements for the purpose of Financial Aid.

If a student is enrolled in courses that do not count toward his degree, they cannot be used to determine enrollment status unless they are eligible remedial courses. This means you cannot receive aid for classes that do not count toward your degree. At the time you complete your degree requirements you become ineligible for aid, regardless if you choose to accept the degree.

Below are the minimum standards required to retain your FEDERAL and/or STATE aid eligibility:

Start of Semester for STATE

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 12

Start of Semester for FEDERAL

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Accrual for Federal Aid

0

3

9

18

30

42

54

66

78

90

102

114

Accrual for State Aid*

0

3

9

21

33

45

60

75

90

105

--

--

Accrual for State Aid

0

6

15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

--

--

Cum GPA for Federal Aid

0.00

0.50

0.75

1.20

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

Cum GPA for State Aid*

0.00

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

--

--

Cum GPA for State Aid

0.00

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

--

--

Completion for State Aid

0

6

6

9

9

12

12

12

12

12

12

12

*EOP Students

If unusual circumstances beyond your control affected your academic performance you may qualify for a waiver. An approved waiver allows financial aid eligibility to be restored for the semester, despite failure to meet published standards. After this semester you must meet new standards to retain eligibility. For more information please schedule an appointment with your Financial Aid Counselor.

Exceeded 150% of Program Length:  The maximum time frame in which a student is expected to finish an undergraduate program is 150% of the published length of program measured by credit hours attempted. A student is ineligible when it becomes mathematically impossible for him to complete his program within 150% of the length of the program (important when changing majors). Additionally, your aid eligibility ceases when you complete your degree requirements (regardless if you accept your degree/apply for graduation).

Additionally, a new provision to the Direct Loan statutory requirements limits a first-time borrower’s eligibility (only first time borrowers on or after July1, 2013 are subject to the provision) for Direct Subsidized Loans to a period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrower’s educational program. Under certain conditions, the provision also causes first-time borrowers who have exceeded the 150 percent limit to lose the interest subsidy on their Direct Subsidized Loans.