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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Eligibility

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To be eligible for federal, state and institutional funding students must meet both the qualitative and quantitative criteria outlined below.

Qualitative Requirement

Each student must maintain the following minimum GPA based on credits earned;

Total Hours Earned Minimum GPA
0-12 1.500
13-37 1.800
38-70 1.900
71 or more 2.000

Each student must meet the academic standards for enrollment in his/her program in order to continue to receive
financial assistance as described in the graduate catalog.

Quantitative Requirement
All students must complete at least 75% of hours attempted. Academic progress is measured at the end of each
term by dividing the cumulative hours successfully completed (including transfer hours) by the cumulative hours
attempted. All attempted hours are counted whether or not financial aid was received, coursework was
successfully completed or any class was repeated.

Maximum Timeframe
Students may not receive financial assistance for more than 150% of their expected program length as measured in
credit hours. All attempted hours are counted whether or not financial aid was received, coursework was
successfully completed or any class was repeated.

Example: If your degree requires you complete 122 credit hours, your maximum timeframe would be
122 hours x 150%=183. Your maximum timeframe to complete your degree would 183 attempted credit hours.

Transfers: Transcripts from the last school of attendance will be reviewed in order to ensure a) the transferring
student earned 75% of all credit hours attempted, regardless of the number of transfer credits accepted toward
the program of study and b) the cumulative GPA and hours earned at least meet the qualitative standard outlined

Second Degree Students: Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution are
eligible to apply for financial assistance. The maximum eligibility will be 150% of the minimum degree requirement
plus an additional 60 credit hours.

Grades in Determining Academic Progress
The successful completion of a credit attempted and earned is credit for which a grade of A, B, C, D or P is
received. An incomplete grade (I) counts as credit attempted but will not count as earned until the recording of a
passing grade. A grade of K will not count as credits attempted or earned.

Financial Aid Warning and Probation
Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements are measured at the end of each term. Students who fail to meet
either or both of the qualitative and quantitative requirements are placed on financial aid warning their following
term and will receive a letter informing them of this warning status, the consequence of such status and the
requirements necessary to have the warning resolved. Students may continue to receive financial aid during this
warning term. If a student does not meet both requirements at the end of the warning term, the student will be
placed on financial aid probation and all financial aid will be suspended until he/she once again meets both
requirements. Students who are removed from financial aid warning or probation but are subsequently placed on
them in future terms will be ineligible for aid.

Students ineligible to receive financial aid due to financial aid probation may appeal such action on a term by term
basis. Letters of appeal must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services no later than two weeks
before the beginning of the affected semester. Appeals must include an explanation of the circumstances
contributing to the unsatisfactory and how these circumstances have been resolved. Supporting documentation,
such as letters from physicians or counselors should be included when relevant. Appeals must also include an
academic plan set forth by both the student and their academic advisor that outlines how the student will improve
their performance for the affected term. Students will be notified in writing of the appeal decision. If the appeal is
granted, financial aid eligibility is restored for that term only. If the appeal is denied, the student remains ineligible
for aid. Appeal decisions are made by the Assistant VP and Director of Student Financial Services and are final.

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