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Introduction

Federal and State regulations require that your cumulative academic performance meet three required standards in order for you to stay eligible for financial aid. This "Quick Guide" summarizes the key points of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. You may view the the full policy here.

 

Academic Progress Standards

The academic progress standards are minimum or maximum limits designed to insure that you are making timely progress toward obtaining your degree. Your academic performance is measured against these standards to see how well you are:

  1. Performing in your courses (Qualitative Standard)
  2. Completing the courses for which you register (Quantitative Standard) and
  3. Proceeding toward completing your degree in a timely manner (Maximum Time Frame Standard.)

We evaluate your academic performance at the end of every term for which you are enrolled.

The Academic Progress Standards for baccalaureate degree students (including post-baccalaureate certificate or licensure students) are as follows:

  1. Qualitative Standard: Must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or better;
  2. Quantitative Standard: Must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Completion Rate of 67% or better (including transfer credits);
  3. Maximum Time Frame Standard: Successfully complete your degree program within the following cumulative attempted credit hour limits:
    1. First bachelor's degree: no more than 180 attempted credit hours, including all transfer credits.
    2. Second and subsequent bachelor's degree: no more than 60 attempted credit hours, excluding transfer credits.

The Academic Progress Standards for graduate degree and graduate certificate students are as follows:

  1. Qualitative Standard: Must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better;
  2. Quantitative Standard: Must achieve and maintain a Cumulative Completion Rate of 67% or better;
  3. Maximum Time Frame Standard: Successfully complete your degree program within the following cumulative attempted credit hour limits:
Program

Normal Program
Length
(credit hours)

Maximum Time
Frame
(credit hours)
Advanced Dental Therapy (MS) 44 65
Alcohol and Drug Counseling (MS) 48 72
Business Administration (MBA) 42 63
Business Administration (DBA) 72 108
Computer Forensics (Certificate) 24 36
Computer Science (MS) 34 51
Computer Science (PSM)
Criminal Justice (MS) 32 48
Database Administration 22 33
Dental Hygiene (Post-Bachelor's Certificate) 15 22
Healthcare Information Technology Management (Certificate) 22 33
Information Assurance (Certificate) 20 30
Law Enforcement (Certificate) 30 45
Liberal Studies (MA) 32 48
Management Information Systems (MMIS) 44 66
MIS Generalist (Certificate) 20 30
MIS Systems Analysis (Certificate) 20 30
Nursing (DNP) 80 118
Nursing Entry Level (MSN) 62 93
Nursing Leadership Management (MSN) 39 59
Nursing Leadership and Management (Certificate) 9 13
Project Management (Certificate) 12 18
Psychology (MA) 36 54
Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) 40 60
Urban Secondary Education Teacher Preparation (Certificate) 26 39
Technical Communication (MS) 32 48

 

Failure to Meet Academic Progress Standards

The first time you fail to meet either the Cumulative GPA and/or Cumulative Completion Rate standards, you will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. If you are on financial aid warning, you remain eligible for financial aid during your next term of enrollment. If you fail to meet the Cumulative GPA and/or Cumulative Completion Rate standards during your next term of enrollment you will be suspended from further financial aid eligibility (Financial Aid Suspension.).  If your cumulative attempted credit hours meet or exceeds the Maximum Time Frame limit following any evaluation period you shall be immediately suspended from further financial aid eligibility.

Following an evaluation period, if it is determined mathematically that you cannot meet the Cumulative Completion Rate standard before you reach the Maximum Time Frame limit, and it is also determined that you cannot earn the minimum number of credits required to graduate before your attempted credits exceed the Maximum Time Frame limit, you will be immediately suspended from further financial aid eligibility.

 

Notification of Failure to Meet Standards

Within 30 days of the end of the semester, we will notify you in writing of any failure to meet these academic progress standards. We will send notifications to your permanent home address.

 

Appeal of Suspension

If you are suspended from further financial aid eligibility, but you experienced circumstances that were beyond your control and prevented you from successfully completing your courses, you may appeal your status to be temporarily reinstated for financial aid eligibility, and you are expected to meet higher academic progress standards for future terms until your cumulative academic performance is again meeting the academic progress standards. Complete this Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form.

Reinstatement upon Meeting Standards

During the Satisfactory Academic Progress review following each semester, students who had been previously placed on Financial Aid Warning or Suspension status, and who are now meeting the academic progress standards, shall be automatically reinstated for financial aid eligibility.

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