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Satisfactory Academic Progress


In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate. Specifically, this means that full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) undergraduate students must successfully complete nine or more hours each long semester and meet or exceed the appropriate cumulative grade point average for their classification. The minimum cumulative grade point requirements are as follows:

Credit Hrs Attempted

GPA

0-29

1.8

30 and above

2.0

Graduate Students

3.0

Grades of F, I, W, WP, X, #, NC, NG, DF, & WF will not satisfy the academic progress requirement.

Undergraduate students, who enroll for at least six credit hours, but less than 12 credit hours, must successfully complete at least six credit hours each long semester and meet or exceed the minimum cumulative grade point average for their classification.

Transfer students must meet the same satisfactory academic progress requirements and maximum enrollment limits as other students. All credits accepted for transfer will be used in determining satisfactory academic progress and counted as both attempted and completed hours.

Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

Graduate students must successfully complete at least six credit hours each long semester with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, in order to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Undergraduate and graduate students who enroll for less than six credit hours a semester must successfully complete each course attempted with the appropriate minimum cumulative grade point average.

There is a limit to the number of hours a student may register for, earn, or attempt while pursuing a degree (includes hours transferred from other colleges) and still maintain financial aid eligibility. The maximum number of hours that may be attempted for a degree is 150 percent of the minimum number of hours required for that degree.† EXAMPLE: A degree requires 120 credit hours.† Financial aid eligibility will end when 180 credit hours have been attempted and a degree not received. (See the TWU Degree Audit Reporting System, DARS, to view the minimum number of hours required for your current degree)

If a studentís curriculum requires more course work than the allowable maximum, a letter from the department chair specifying the total hours required may be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for re-evaluation.

In assessing satisfactory academic progress, the student's cumulative academic record, including periods when the student was not an aid recipient, as well as summer sessions, will be evaluated each semester. Non-credit developmental courses do not count toward the minimum academic requirements for students who have completed 30 credit hours (Examples: Math 1113 and English 1003). Students will be permitted to repeat courses to improve their grades. (Note: A student will not be eligible for financial aid for repeating more than one time a previously passed course, regardless of their satisfactory academic progress status.) The Financial Aid Office will monitor the number of repeated courses to ensure that students are prudent in their decisions to repeat courses. Abuse of the repeat privilege will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility for one semester.

Failure to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements by any freshman or sophomore financial aid applicant or recipient will result in a Financial Aid Warning. An otherwise eligible student on Financial Aid Warning will be permitted to receive aid for one more semester. If the student meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements at the end of the warning semester, he/she will return to good standing. Failure to meet the minimum standards at the end of the warning semester will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility until the minimum standards are met. Failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point averages by juniors and seniors will result in the immediate suspension of financial aid eligibility.

A student who failed the satisfactory academic progress requirements may request a re-evaluation of his/her status once the academic requirements are met. Students on financial aid suspension may not receive any aid other than academic scholarships, student employment, or tuition and fees emergency loans while they are attempting to make up the deficiency.

If a student changes his/her major and begins pursuing a different degree or certificate, the student's limit of maximum attempted hours for completion of the new degree may be re-evaluated. It is the student's responsibility to inform the financial aid office of such a change in his/her course of study.

Students who experience mitigating circumstances during their enrollment, such as the divorce of a parent or spouse, death of an immediate family member, or severe medical problems may appeal their status to the Director of Financial Aid. Written documentation is required for an appeal. If a studentís appeal is successful, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term. Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements at the end of the probationary period will result in the student being placed on Financial Aid Suspension until academic requirements are met to return the student to satisfactory academic progress. If the Director of Financial Aid determines that it will require more than one term for a student to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, the student may be placed on an academic plan to take the student to successful completion of their program.

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