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The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy has been established to make sure students meet and maintain the University's minimum academic standard and make timely progress toward graduation.

Satisfactory progress is measured once each year at the end of the Spring Semester. Semesters taken into consideration are the Summer, Fall and Spring terms. For example Summer of 2002, Fall of 2002 and Spring of 2003.

Loss of aid eligibility occurs when students fail to meet either the required GPA or minimum percentage of hours attempted. Students will receive written notification if they are placed on financial aid suspension.

This policy governs students applying for or receiving aid from one or more of the following programs.

  1. Federal Perkins Loan
  2. Federal Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Pell Grant
  4. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  5. Nebraska State Grant
  6. Federal College Work Study
  7. State of Nebraska Tuition Waivers
  8. Student Alternative Loans
  9. Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students

The University of Nebraska at Kearney minimum academic progress requirements are:

Undergraduate students with 27 or fewer earned hours must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 1.75 and successfully complete a minimum of 60% of total hours attempted during the current academic year. The following letter grades will not count as credit hours successfully completed "F", "NC", "I" and "W".

Undergraduate students with 28 or more earned hours must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and successfully complete a minimum of 75% total hours attempted during the current academic year.

Undergraduate students are permitted to receive financial aid until 150 credits have been earned. A student will remain eligible for assistance through the academic year in which the 150 credits have accrued.

Graduate students are permitted to receive financial aid until 45 credits beyond the Bachelors Degree have been earned. Students in a Specialist Degree may earn an additional 80 credits beyond the Bachelors Degree.

Reinstatement of eligibility for financial aid will occur when the student completes a semester meeting the minimum cumulative GPA and the percentage of hours attempted. A student attempting to reinstate eligibility must enroll at a level at least as great as the semester that resulted in the loss of their eligibility. (i.e. full time, 3/4-time, 1/2-time).

If a student has completed a semester and now believes the minimum requirements have been met, the student is responsible for writing the Office of Financial Aid and requesting reinstatement due to the recently completed semester.

If extenuating circumstances have affected a student's progress, or the student wants to have aid reinstated, a written appeal must be submitted. This appeal must be received by the deadline stated in the notice of eligibility. Appeals are generally limited to such extraordinary circumstances such as medical, family or personal emergencies and should include appropriate documentation. A committee will review appeals and a written response will be sent to the student regarding the final decision.

11 May 2006