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Financial Aid Warning for Failure to Meet the GPA Requirement

If a student is put on Financial Aid Warning for failure to meet the cumulative GPA requirement, the student has one

semester to receive a cumulative GPA of 2.00. The student must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA for one semester

before being removed from Financial Aid Warning.

If, within the semester of the beginning of Financial Aid Warning, the student does not receive a cumulative

GPA of 2.00, the student will have all financial aid suspended until they have met the 2.00 cumulative GPA

requirement.

After maintaining a 2.00 cumulative GPA for one semester, the student will again be eligible for financial

aid.

If a student is academically suspended, the student must complete the readmission procedures for an academically

disqualified student as outlined in the student catalog. The student must then meet the 2.00 cumulative GPA

requirement for one semester before that student will be eligible for financial aid. After such a time as the requirements

have been met, the student may again apply for financial aid.

Financial Aid Warning for Failure to Meet the Unit Requirement

If, at the time of the unit evaluation, a student has failed to complete 80 percent of the attempted units, they will be

placed on Financial Aid Warning and will be notified of the failure to meet the requirements. That student will have one

semester in which to improve this percentage. If, by the end of that semester, the student has not completed 80 percent

of the cumulative attempted units, that student will have all financial aid suspended until such a time as they have met

the requirement. The student may again apply for financial aid after requirements have been met.

Appeal

A student may appeal this suspension by presenting a letter of appeal to the Office of Financial Aid. The appeal must

include why you have failed to meet Satisfactory Progress. It must also include what has and will change in order for

you to achieve Satisfactory Progress by the next semester. Cases of extreme illness or death in the family will be taken

into consideration. The Office of Financial Aid will notify the student as to the final decision.

An approved appeal will grant the student one semester of probation in which they will still be eligible to receive

Financial Aid. If, at the end of this probation period, Satisfactory Progress is not met, the student will be placed on

Financial Aid suspension until such time as the student has met the requirements.

FORMS OF FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is money provided from federal and local governments, independent and private organizations and from

funds set aside by the University to assist families in meeting the costs of higher education. Most opportunities for

financial assistance fall into either of two categories: “merit-based aid” and “need-based aid.”

“Merit-based” scholarships are granted based on a student’s achievements or promise of achievement in several areas

including, but not limited to, academics, music and athletics. “Need-based” aid, as the name implies, requires that the

student and their family demonstrate a financial need in meeting college costs. Simply stated, financial need is the

difference between the amount a family is expected to contribute and the actual amount to attend college. In most cases

the amount of financial aid offered will be based on a combination of factors involving both types of aid.

Once application materials are received, students are assigned counselors to assist them through the financial aid process.

New students continue to work with their Admissions counselors while continuing students are assigned a counselor

from the Office of Financial Aid.

Information on financial aid for the Degree Completion Program and Online Program is located within their respective

sections of the catalog.