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Step #6: Staying Eligible

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Even though you’ve received your aid, there are still some important things to remember so you can keep and stay eligible for your financial aid.

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  • Maintaining Eligibility
  • Students should be aware of the following in order to keep and continue receiving federal aid:

    • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
    • Carefully consider all options before dropping or withdrawing from one (or all) courses.
    • Different types of aid may have unique eligibility requirements.
    • Repeated classes may not be eligible.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • To remain eligible to receive federal financial aid, you must do the following:

    • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
    • Complete 67% of the credits you attempt
    • Finish your degree/certificate within 150% of the total minimum credits required for the program

    View our SAP Policy for more detailed information about this requirement.

  • Dropping or Withdrawing
  • Dropping or withdrawing from classes may affect your financial aid.

    • Unearned credits could lead to a reduction in aid received for the semester.
    • This may also lead to losing aid eligibility for future semesters.
    • We encourage you to talk to the financial aid office before you drop or withdraw from a course.
    • View the withdrawals page for more detailed information about this requirement.
  • Types of Aid
  • Different types of aid may have unique eligibility requirements. For more information see the links below.

  • Repeated Courses
  • There are limits on when a student can receive aid for a repeated course.

    • If a course has been repeated twice with a passing grade you cannot receive aid for the third attempt.
    • If a course has been repeated with only non-passing grades you can repeat the same course and receive federal financial aid until a passing grade or better is earned for the class.
    • SAP standards must still be maintained.

Frequently Asked Questions
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    I didn’t qualify because of SAP. Can I be eligible again?
    If you were disqualified for GPA or Pace, you could regain eligibility on your own by passing the classes you take. If you have experienced extenuating circumstances, an appeal might be an option.

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