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All credit-bearing course hours, including:
The policy requires that you maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) in order to remain eligible for financial aid.
The quantitative component (or “pace”) requires you to complete at least two-thirds (66.67%) of all attempted credit hours. For example, if you attempt 12 credit hours a term, you are expected to complete at least 8 credit hours.
If you are assigned a financial aid probation status, or are completing a financial aid academic plan, you are expected to maintain a minimum term GPA of at least 2.5. In some cases, a higher term GPA may be stipulated in order to meet SAP. Your specific term requirements are located on the “View My FA Academic Progress” panel within your Financial Aid tile in Campus Connect.
Any course with a passing grade (A, B, C, D or PA) is considered to be successfully completed.Any course with a non-passing grade (F, W, WA, FX, R, IN or M) is considered to be not successfully completed.
Repeated courses are counted in the “hours attempted” calculation for financial aid purposes. The repeat grade is treated in the cumulative GPA in accordance with university policy. Refer to your Academic Catalog for more information on how repeated grades are calculated in your cumulative GPA.
Treatment of Repeated Coursework for Financial Aid Disbursement.
Audited courses do not earn academic credit and are not eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. They are not evaluated in the review of the your satisfactory academic progress.
Non-credit development courses do not earn academic credit and are not eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid. They are not evaluated in the review of your satisfactory academic progress.
You are eligible to receive aid in this status. Financial aid “warning” is assigned when you have fallen below the minimum thresholds of SAP:
Failure to meet the minimum standards after your warning term will result in financial aid suspension.
You are not eligible to receive federal, state, and most institutional aid in this status. “Suspension” status is assigned if:
The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to suspend your aid if you withdraw completely or fail to complete all of your courses in a term.
If you are assigned a suspension status, you can appeal this status in Campus Connect.
A SAP appeal is a written request from a student submitted after aid is suspended.
Please review the Appeal Financial Aid Suspension section for more information.
If your SAP appeal is approved, you will be placed on a probationary status.
During probation, which lasts one term, you are expected to successfully complete all courses and earn the minimum term GPA required by the SAP committee.
If you successfully meet SAP at the completion of your probationary term, you will maintain your aid eligibility.
If you are not meeting SAP at the completion of your probationary term, but met the probationary academic plan requirements, you will maintain your aid eligibility and continue onto Academic Plan 1 and, if needed, Academic Plan 2. During these two terms, your are eligible to receive aid if you continue to meet the requirements of your academic plan. By the end of the Academic Plan 2, you must meet the minimum SAP requirements or you will be suspended.