Satisfactory Academic Progress

STANDARDS FOR SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS FOR CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATE DEGREES

Graduate students who wish to receive assistance through any federally supported grant, loan, or work program must comply with the following Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Students who fail to comply are not eligible for financial aid.

Note: It is possible that students may exhaust their eligibility for the Stafford Student Loan program (both subsidized and unsubsidized) before completing the maximum number of allowable semesters.

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE- The quality of a graduate student’s academic work.

All graduate students must maintain a quality grade point average of no less than 3.0 throughout the course of their studies.  Full-time graduate students are required to achieve a 3.0 GPA each semester.  Part-time graduate students must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

Individual programs may have additional achievement requirements. For both full and part-time graduate students, failed or audited courses are not counted toward degree progress.

II.    SATISFACTORY PROGRESS - Rate of a graduate student’s movement toward a Graduate degree or program.

A. For full-time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the successful completion of a minimum of 18 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program during a period of two consecutive, required academic semesters.  Full-time graduate students may not receive financial aid for more than seven semesters or after certified for graduation by the University, whichever comes first.

B. For part-time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the successful completion of a minimum of 10 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program during a period of two consecutive, required academic semesters.  Part-time graduate students may not receive financial aid for more than ten semesters or after certified for graduation by the University, whichever comes first.

C.     Students who enroll full-time for one semester and part-time in the other consecutive semester must complete a minimum of 14 credits of academic work toward a graduate degree or program.

III.    IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY

A. Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed once per year, at the conclusion of the spring semester.  Students whose performance or progress does not meet the required standards will be notified by the Director of Graduate Financial Aid and will be considered ineligible for aid.

B. The Director of Graduate Financial Aid will also notify the Dean of each academic school of the graduate students who appear to have not met the requirements for satisfactory academic progress.  The satisfactory academic progress of these graduate students will be reviewed by the respective Dean in accordance with this policy.

C.  Students whose performance or progress does not meet required standards may repair the deficiency by special arrangements with the Dean of his/her academic school.  If the arrangement is approved, the deficiency must be repaired within one academic semester during which time their eligibility for financial aid will be extended.

D.  A student who wishes to appeal the determination because of sickness or other extenuating circumstances may do so by submitting a written appeal to the Dean of his/her academic school.  The Dean will review the appeal and notify the student and the Director of Graduate Financial Aid of his/her decision, which is final.

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