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FINANCIAL AID

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility

The School of Health Sciences must establish, publish and apply reasonable standards of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility as required by federal law for all students including those applying for or currently receiving federal, state or institutional financial assistance and veterans educational benefits administered by the College. All requirements for satisfactory academic progress can also be found in the School of Health Sciences Bulletin.

Academic Standards of Progress

Federal regulations which govern the various federal financial aid programs stipulate that in order for a student to continue to receive financial aid funding, he/she must maintain "Satisfactory Academic Progress" as defined by the institution. In the definition, the institution must establish a maximum time frame in which the student must earn the degree and divide the maximum time frame into increments not to exceed one academic year.

Any student who, at the end of the academic year, fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress, is ineligible to receive financial aid, including student loans.

Monitoring Academic Enrollment/Satisfactory Academic Progress

Verification of enrollment will be made prior to all disbursements. Also, the academic records will be reviewed at the end of each semester to determine if he/she is maintaining and progressing toward an educational goal. The student must complete the units for which he/she receives financial aid funds and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for each semester financial aid is received. As required by federal law, reasonable standards of satisfactory academic progress for maintaining financial aid eligibility have been established by the School of Health Sciences for all degree granting programs. These standards apply to all students. The policy procedure for "Assessing Financial Aid Status" is as follows:


Policy
  1. All students must complete their academic program in the maximum timeframe allowed for their specific program and must maintain the cumulative GPA, as specified by their program, at the end of each semester in order to be considered progressing satisfactorily toward their degree. Students enrolled on a less than full-time basis will have their standard time frames for program completion pro-rated and expected program completion per academic year (% of coursework completed) pro-rated based upon the credit hours or contact hours attempted per semester.
  2. All students are required to accumulate credits toward graduation and are expected to successfully complete a minimum percentage of their academic program each year, not including those courses in which grades of incomplete were received, course withdrawals that occurred or remedial coursework which was performed as specified by their academic program. All periods of enrollment will be included regardless of whether or not a student receives financial aid.
  3. Students who are not maintaining the minimum cumulative GPA as specified by their program at the end of any semester will be placed on financial aid probation FOR THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER (as defined by their program). While on financial probation students will be eligible to receive financial aid funds.
  4. If a student's cumulative GPA remains unsatisfactory after the completion of the semester in which he/she is on financial aid probation, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension and no financial aid funds will be awarded until satisfactory academic progress has been attained (cumulative GPA is brought up to academic program's minimum requirement).
  5. Students who are denied financial assistance on the basis of unsatisfactory academic progress may regain financial aid eligibility by satisfactorily completing, at their expense, those courses required to attain the minimum cumulative GPA specified by their academic program. This statement does not imply that continuation in any academic program is the prerogative of the student.
  6. A student will be allowed a maximum of two nonconsecutive financial aid probationary periods while enrolled at the School of Health Sciences. A student who does not attain satisfactory academic progress at the conclusion of his/her second probationary period will be placed on financial aid suspension permanently and will not regain financial aid eligibility for the remainder of his/her enrollment period at the School of Health Sciences.
  7. A student must document the reasons for failure to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility and must include a plan that demonstrates a means for the student to bring his/her academic progress up to the satisfactory standards within a period of one semester. These documents are to be submitted to the Dean's office for their approval before the student can continue.

Procedure
The Financial Aid Office will be responsible for assessing the financial aid eligibility status of all students by monitoring their academic progress through documentation received from the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Student Affairs. Any student that does not meet the standards will have to apply for an academic waiver granted by the Dean's office.