Graduate Academic Progress Standards

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires students to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree in order to receive financial aid. At Grand View University, these standards are established for students who are receiving or applying for financial aid from one or more of the various federal, state or institutional scholarship, grant, work or loan programs.

Grand View’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid apply to all students who want to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility. These standards apply to a student’s entire academic transcript, including terms for which financial aid was not applied nor disbursed.

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards require that students successfully complete a certain percentage of attempted credit hours and maintain a minimum required grade point average as defined by the standards. These are minimum standards that must be attained. Specific aid programs or academic departments may require more than these minimum standards.

The academic progress of financial aid recipients is monitored a minimum of once each semester. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office with questions regarding the intent and/or interpretation of these standards.

COMPLETION RATE & DURATION of ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students must successfully complete at least 67% of the credit hours they attempt. Credits for which students receive grades of “W” or “F” are counted as credits that are attempted, but not completed. Students who do not complete 67% of their attempted credit hours will be granted one warning period in which to increase their percentage of credit hours earned. Failure to achieve this standard at any point following the warning period will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility until the student has earned 67% of his or her attempted credit hours.   Eligibility will terminate when the credits required for a specific degree/program are earned or the student has attempted greater than 150% of the credit hours required for a specific degree/program.

Graduate GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA.   Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA. Students who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirements will be granted a warning period in which to raise their cumulative GPA to the minimum standard.  Failure to achieve this standard at any point following the warning period will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility until the cumulative GPA meets the minimum standard.

Courses with a grade of Incomplete must be completed in the following semester.  Incomplete courses that remain after one semester will be assigned a grade of “F” and factored into academic progress at that time.

Courses with a grade of Incomplete must be completed in the following semester.  The Incomplete is not factored into academic progress until the grade is assigned by the faculty member.  Incomplete courses that remain after one semester will be assigned a grade of “F” and factored into academic progress at that time.

SAP DETERMINATION & NOTIFICATION

The Financial Aid Office evaluates the SAP progress (completion rate, duration of eligibility, and GPA) for all students at the end of each semester/payment period of the current academic year to determine financial aid eligibility for the next semester.

Students who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA or completion rate requirements will be granted one warning period in which to raise their cumulative GPA and/or completion rate to the minimum standard. Failure to achieve this standard at any point following the warning period will result in the loss of financial aid eligibility known as Financial Aid Suspension until the cumulative GPA meets the minimum standard.

Students who have failed to meet SAP at the semester evaluation will receive a notification to their Grand View email addresses and a letter sent to their preferred mailing address.

RE-ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY

A student who has lost financial aid eligibility and been placed on Financial Aid Suspension can regain eligibility in one of three ways:  1) by achieving the minimum standards established in this policy after a period of Financial Aid Warning; 2) successfully completing a Financial Aid SAP Appeal; or 3) by achieving the minimum standards established in this policy after attending without receiving financial aid. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office and request that aid be reinstated when this has been accomplished.