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Academic Progress Policy

A student who receives financial aid based on full-time enrollment must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for a total of 24 credit hours per academic year. A student receiving financial aid based on three-quarter time enrollment (9-11 hours per semester) must complete a minimum of nine credit hours per semester for a total of 18 credit hours per academic year. A student receiving financial aid based on half-time enrollment (six to eight hours per semester) must complete a minimum of six credit hours per semester for a total of 12 credit hours per academic year. Successful completion requires a grade of A, B, C, D or P. A grade of I, F, NP or W is not acceptable. Evaluation of hours earned occurs at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Failure to properly withdraw from class could result in loss of financial aid. Please notify the financial aid office immediately upon your decision to stop attending class.

If the student does not complete the required number of credit hours in a given academic year, the university may grant one semester of financial aid probation so that the student can make up the necessary work. If the deficiency is not made up, financial aid will be terminated until such deficiency is made up. Failure to complete at least six credit hours in a semester in which financial aid is awarded will result in termination of aid for the next semester and no financial aid probation being extended.

Students denied aid because of lack of progress must take courses at their own expense until they reach the minimum number of hours for which aid was previously given. For example, if a student, granted aid for full-time enrollment (24 credit hours), completes 18 credit hours in an academic year, the student must complete six credit hours at their own expense before the university awards additional aid. A student previously denied aid, who later completes the minimum required hours, should make an appointment with the director of financial aid to discuss future eligibility for financial aid.

If students believe that extenuating circumstances exist which have prevented them from making satisfactory progress, they should send an appeal in writing to the director of financial aid stating the basis for the appeal and providing any appropriate documentation. The director of financial aid will review all such appeals. The decision will be final.

Please remember, all loans must be repaid even if you have stopped the program due to withdrawal, leave of absence, termination or non-attendance.

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