Student eligibility for certain state and federal programs of student financial aid depends upon maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their program and completion of their degree in accordance with this policy. However, students should be informed that this policy applies equally to full-time and part-time students as we as students that do not receive financial aid. The student aid programs affected by the satisfactory academic progress policy are:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Federal Work-Study Program
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal PLUS Loan
Recipients of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Grant must also follow certain academic progress guidelines (contact PHEAA for these guidelines).
Compliance with satisfactory progress is determined at the end of each academic year (September through May) through evaluation of individual student progress reports. To be considered in satisfactory progress, Freshmen students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 1.75 for their first semester, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for their second semester as well as complete a minimum of 80% of their attempted credits (i.e. completed credits/attempted credits) during each semester. Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 as well as complete a minimum of 80% of their credits attempted during each semester. Courses where a student withdrew, failed, or was awarded no credit count as attempted but not completed. Credits transferred in will count as attempted and completed. Students in all levels must be working toward graduation requirements. Under no circumstances may a student receive aid for more than 150% of the published program length (e.g. Hussian’s 4 year program must be completed in no more than 6 years).
If a student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress with regard to the minimum grade point average or completed credits at the end of any academic year, the student will be officially notified in writing by Hussian and immediately be placed on probationary status. The probationary status will remain in place until the end of the immediately following academic year. During probation, students will continue to be eligible for federal student aid. Hussian may place academic restrictions on the student during the probationary period to help ensure that the student successfully reinstates satisfactory academic progress by the end of the probationary period. Students that fail to obtain a cumulative grade point average in accordance with the minimum standards of this policy or fail to complete the minimum percentage of credits during the probationary period will cease to be eligible for federal student aid programs and all federal student aid will be cancelled. Students whose aid is canceled are not eligible for additional financial aid until the student completes all necessary coursework or improves their GPA to exceed the minimum threshold.
[SAP Policy Revised 6-15-2011]