Graduate SAP Policy
Who is Affected
Federal financial aid regulations require that students receiving financial aid be monitored for satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of their program of study. All applicants for state and federal student financial aid are evaluated. Recipients of some alternative loans and scholarships also must meet these policy requirements.
What is Evaluated
- Completion Rate
- Cumulative Grade Point Average
- Graduate Level Enrollment
- Multiple Withdrawals
- Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades
Details of each requirement are given below. You must meet all five elements listed in this section to be placed in Good Standing for financial aid eligibility.
1. Completion Rate
You must have passing grades for at least 67% of all TU attempted Graduate level credits.
Attempted credits are all Graduate level credits that appear on your grade record, with grades of: A, B, C, D, F, I, IP, P, W, or U.
Passing grades are courses with grades of: A, B, C, D, or P. Grades of IP for graduate Research, Graduate Project, Thesis or Dissertation are counted as passing grades.
2. Cumulative Grade Point Average
You must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA for all TU Graduate level credits.
3. Graduate Level Enrollment
At least 67% of all credits enrolled each academic year must be in Graduate level courses. An academic year begins in fall term and continues through the following summer term.
4. Impact of Multiple Withdraws
If you receive federal financial aid and then withdraw from all classes within the University’s Add/Drop period two times in an academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second withdrawal.
5. Impact of Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades
If you receive federal or state aid and then have two terms in the academic year without any passing grades, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second term of all non-passing grades.
When Academic Progress is Evaluated:
Your academic records will be reviewed at the end of each term of enrollment. If you do not meet the Completion Rate, the Cumulative GPA requirement and/or the Graduate Level Enrollment requirement at the end of fall or spring term, you may continue to receive available financial aid the following term. An advisory notice of your status will be made.
You have through the end of summer term to improve your academic record to reach the Completion Rate, Cumulative GPA and Graduate Level Enrollment requirements. If you have reached the Maximum Enrollment Limit, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately.
If you have a second term of total withdrawal within the Add/Drop period for the academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately. If you do not meet all components of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at the beginning of fall term or their first term of enrollment in the next academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status.
Graduate Certificate Students
Your academic records will be reviewed at the end of each term of enrollment and your status for the next term will be determined. If you have reached the Maximum Enrollment Limit, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately. If you have a second term of total withdrawal within the Add/Drop period for the academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately.
Graduate Certificate Students
If you do not meet the Completion Rate, the GPA requirements and/or Graduate Level Enrollment requirements, you will be placed in Warning status for the next term of enrollment. If you are in Warning status, you will be eligible to receive available financial aid for one term.
After your Warning term, disbursements may be delayed while your academic progress is reviewed. If you do not achieve Good Standing by the end of your Warning term, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status.
Suspended Eligibility Status and Appeals
Students placed in Suspended status are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. In addition, some alternative loan and scholarship programs require students to be in Good Standing under satisfactory academic progress guidelines.
If you are in Suspended status, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships which documents special or unforeseen circumstances that interfered with the completion of your coursework or in meeting any other part of the policy.
Submitting an Appeal
The appeal must include an Academic Plan that will bring you into Good Standing or that will satisfy any remaining requirements to complete your degree.
Appeals must be submitted by the end of the second week of the term. Appeals submitted after the deadline will be reviewed but late petitions may result in the loss of funding for the term.
If an appeal is approved, you will be placed in Probation status and will be eligible to receive financial aid.
You must follow this Academic Plan for each term of Probation status until you reach Good Standing. If you do not pass the credits and/or earn the GPA given in the Academic Plan, you will be placed in Suspended status again.:
In Suspended Status?
- Go to your Financial Aid Requirements screen and print the petition
- Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your status and Academic Plan
- Submit the completed petition, with documentation, to Financial Aid
In Probation Status?
- You must meet the requirements listed to continue receiving aid
- Check for more details by reading your email that was sent with the conditions