File a FAFSA every year.
The information you provide on the FAFSA determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your eligibility for federal, state and university funds.
In addition, you must meet the following criteria to receive most types of financial aid:
- be admitted into a degree-granting program or approved certificate program
- be a United States citizen, permanent resident, or eligible noncitizen as defined by the federal government
- maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Additional eligibility requirements may apply
- do not qualify for financial aid
- can work part-time on campus in some cases
- can apply for limited private loans
- can receive graduate assistantships
At the end of the spring semester each year or upon your re-enrollment at the University, your academic performance is reviewed to determine if you are making satisfactory academic progress (SAP). The review is based on your cumulative grade point average and credits completed vs. attempted.
Undergraduate Students must:
- maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 or higher as a Freshman (0-24 credits earned)
- maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher as a returning student (25 or more credits earned)
- complete 67% of all credits/competencies attempted (total earned credits/total attempted credits)
- attempt no more than 150% of the credits/competencies required of your degree program (max credits)
Graduate Students must:
- Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
- Attempt no more than 150% of the credits/competencies required of your degree program (max credits)
- Complete 67% of all credits/competencies attempted (total earned credits/total attempted credits)
If you fail to meet the above requirements, you will be notified by Financial Aid Services that you are no longer eligible for financial assistance. Undergraduates who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress must take the Achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress (ASAP) workshop.
You have the right to appeal the Financial Aid Office’s decision. You can fill out the Financial Aid Satisfactory Appeal Form and describe any personal circumstances and/or extenuating circumstances that contributed to your academic performance. Your appeal, along with an academic plan, signed by your academic advisor, which outlines your action plan for the following semester, must be received within thirty (30) days of receiving the SAP financial aid ineligibility letter.
The Financial Aid Advisory Committee will review all appeals. Incomplete appeals will not be considered. The decision of the committee is final. The SAP Appeal Process is for financial aid purposes only. It does not substitute for the university's review of a student’s academic standing.