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Wilmington University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients is comprised of two components: A qualitative and a quantitative. The qualitative component is measured by the student’s GPA; whereas, the quantitative component is measured by the successful completion of credits. Both components are described in detail below.
The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Financial Aid (Title IV) Recipients mirrors the University’s academic policy with regard to GPA. Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. GPA review occurs at the end of every semester. Students who do not meet the required minimum will be placed on financial aid warning and must sign a Financial Aid Warning Letter, which indicates students:
Graduate students who do not attain the required 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA by the end of the next term of attendance will immediately become ineligible for financial aid.
In addition to GPA standards, students must progress at a 67% completion rate. This also includes all withdraws and repeated classes, each one counts once. (Example: ENG 101 is taken and student withdraws, student takes the class again and fails; then the student takes the class and passes, for federal financial aid purposes, this equals attempted 9 credits and passed 3 credits). That is, on a cumulative basis, students must successfully complete 67% of the credits attempted. Successful completion is defined as earning an “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” in a course.
Completion rate review occurs at the end of every semester. Students must attain and maintain a minimum completion rate of 67%. The policy for students who do not meet the minimum completion rate is as follows:
In addition to completion rate standards, students are restricted to the maximum number of credits for which they can receive financial aid. All students are expected to complete degree requirements within 150% of the number of credits required by the program. For example, if a graduate program requires 36 credits, students must complete it within 54 credits (36 x 150% = 54).
Treatment of W, I, F, FA and NA Grades, No Grade Reported and Repeated Coursework
All credits accepted for transfer to the student’s program of study by Wilmington University are taken into consideration under the quantitative measurement component of SAP as both attempted and earned credits. Grades earned at other institutions are not counted when computing the student's GPA.
You will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester if you fail to meet the GPA and/or overall credit completion standards. While on warning you may still receive financial aid.
You are encouraged to use the Student Success
Center for helpful guidelines for improving your
To be removed from financial aid warning you must meet the required cumulative GPA and credit completion ratio standards by the end of your warning semester. Your federal financial aid will be suspended at that time if you failed to meet those standards.
While on suspension, you are not eligible for most financial aid programs
(the exceptions include private loan programs and outside assistance that do not
require Satisfactory Academic Progress). You may attend the University, at your
own expense, until you attain the cumulative GPA and cumulative credit
completion requirement. To regain financial aid eligibility your record must
reflect that you have met these requirements or complete a Financial Aid appeal form and return it to our office. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed back on financial aid probation and will be put under and "academic plan".