Satisfactory Academic Progress

I. Academic Standards All Financial Aid Applicants and Recipients Must Meet:

Students must maintain the minimum GPA requirements needed for continued enrollment as shown in the University catalog. Students whose grade point averages place them on academic probation are eligible for financial aid if they meet the hour requirements specified below.

Students are encouraged to plan their course load in order to complete approximately one-fourth of the graduation requirements each year. Financial aid eligibility is 150% of the published length of the program or 192 credits (at least 128 credits are required for graduation). If and when it is determined a student will not complete his degree program within a total of 192 credit hours, aid will be forfeit at that point.

Students must successfully complete the minimum number of hours each semester as well as each year.

Repeated courses or courses with a grade of I (incomplete), DG, F, AF, NA, NE or W (withdrawal) do not count toward the earned hours required for satisfactory program determination and may lead to FA warning or Suspension.

Every student’s progress will be evaluated as grades become available at the end of each semester. Financial Aid Warning will go into effect when the following occurs:

At the end of each semester, academic records are reviewed for all financial aid recipients to identify those who have not met the satisfactory academic progress standards. Students will receive notification if they are being placed on financial aid warning or suspension.

Financial Aid Warning allows a student one semester of continued aid at the end of which the total of hours successfully completed must equal the minimum required for both semesters of aid (i.e., FT=24, QT=18, HT=12). Students passing the requisite number of hours by the end of the warning period will be fully reinstated and the warning status dropped.

If students fail to successfully complete the minimum hours by the end of the semester of probation, they are placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Students not passing the minimum of any single semester of funding (i.e., FT=6, QT=4, HT=2) are placed on financial aid suspension immediately.

The Director of Financial Aid will refer the appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee who will review the student’s request and statement of extenuating circumstances as well as the student’s complete academic history. The student will receive written confirmation of the Appeals Committee’s decision within a week of the submission deadline. The decision is final.

Students on financial aid suspension may be reinstated on probation after one year if they document satisfactory progress at Maryville or at another college or university during that period of time.

At the end of each academic year, the Financial Aid Office will survey each student not making satisfactory progress.

Students receiving institutional scholarship funding which carries an additional GPA requirement will be reviewed for credit hours progress each semester; however, the GPA will be monitored at the end of each academic year to determine renewability for the next academic year. If the GPA requirement is not met, the scholarship is forfeit. The student may appeal the loss of scholarship funding once, in writing within two weeks of the availability of spring semester grades.

* The use of the full-time specification throughout this document refers to the academic requirement of a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours and not the pricing requirement for Weekend & Evening College students, which establishes full-time charges for students taking 13-18 credit hours.