How does Satisfactory Academic Progress affect me?

The various federal and state regulations governing student financial assistance programs require that an institution develop a standard to measure students' reasonable progress towards a degree objective.

In addition to maintaining a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average), students must demonstrate acceptable progress toward a degree or approved certificate objective. Students cannot receive financial aid beyond a specified total of attempted credit hours, and they must complete a certain percentage of the credit hours for which they are enrolled. These requirements are summarized as the total attempted credit hours and a ratio of completed hours to attempt.

Students who do not make reasonable progress will not be eligible for financial assistance.

Academic progress is reviewed at the conclusion of each term.

The qualitative measure of academic progress is a grading scale of 0.00 to 4.00, based on students' enrollment classification. These are the minimum grade point averages:

  • Undergraduate Students 2.00 GPA
  • Post-baccalaureate Students 2.00 GPA
  • Graduate Students 3.00 GPA
  • Law, Optometry, and Pharmacy Students 2.00 GPA.

Incoming freshmen, graduate students, or transfer students are eligible for financial aid upon admission to the university. No GPA is required.

Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will result in the denial or cancellation of your financial aid. These are the GPA and ratio guidelines for maintaining your loan:

  • Undergraduate (Students working on their first baccalaureate degree) - 190 credit hours 75%
  • Graduate and Professional (Excluding Optometry) - 100 hours beyond BA 75%
  • Optometry (Beyond baccalaureate) - 200 hours beyond BA 75%</
Created: Oct 10, 2007 - 11:26am Updated: Nov 15, 2007 - 10:3am Author: Web Technologies Article: 2047
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