Academic Relief and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

1. What happens if I utilize the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option for one or more courses? How does that affect my financial aid?

Your term and cumulative GPAs are not impacted, positively or negatively, by satisfactory (SA) or unsatisfactory (US) graded courses. For students who earn at least some credit during spring 2020, your financial aid will most likely not be negatively impacted after spring 2020.

Keep in mind that undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. If your cumulative GPA is less than the required GPA per the SAP policy, you will certainly be able to file an appeal for consideration of financial aid based on issues related to COVID-19 or other documented extenuating circumstances.

 

2. What happens if I decide to withdraw from a course? How does that affect my financial aid?

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requires that students earn at least some credit during a semester. Students must also maintain a 67% cumulative completion rate of attempted vs. earned hours.

As long as you earn at least some credit for spring 2020, your financial aid will most likely not be negatively impacted after spring 2020. If your cumulative completion rate is below the required 67%, you will certainly be able to appeal for consideration of financial aid based on issues related to COVID-19 or other documented extenuating circumstances.

 

3. What happens if I withdraw completely from spring 2020 and earn zero hours?

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requires that students earn at least some credit during a semester. If you withdraw completely from spring 2020, you will certainly be able to appeal for consideration of financial aid based on issues related to COVID-19 or other documented extenuating circumstances.

 

4. I am/was a study abroad student for spring 2020. How does this affect my financial aid?

Satisfactory academic progress for study abroad students will not be evaluated until the end of summer 2020.

 

When considering a change to your grading option or to withdraw from a course, you should choose to do what is best for your academic situation based on the academic relief opportunities available. Your academic advisors and the Students First Office are always available to help you if you need assistance in determining your best option. If you have additional questions regarding academic relief and how it impacts financial aid, please call our office to connect with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss your specific situation. We are always happy to assist you!

Academic Relief Package