NEW POLICY EFFECTIVE MAY 2014

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility

INTRODUCTION: Many WVU students use financial aid to assist with the costs of higher education. Students must maintain a certain level of academic progress in order to retain potential eligibility for aid—including student loans, parent loans, federal work study, and grants. For many students, compliance with these minimal standards present no problem. However, there are some students who will lose eligibility for ALL forms of financial aid because they are not demonstrating satisfactory progress toward degree completion.

Under the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, at the end of Spring semester, the academic record of each student will be reviewed to determine if the student is meeting the minimum standards in place to measure progress. These standards include a minimum cumulative grade point average and completion of a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours. Each student is responsible for their awareness of the policy in place for their particular level of study (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional). Complete policy information for each level is available for review in the links on this page.

Students who are NOT maintaining these minimal standards will be “suspended” from eligibility for aid (loans, work study, grants, etc.) until he or she can improve the overall academic record. If a student continues after this point, they must do so without federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

While there is an appeal process in place, only students who can document extenuating circumstances during an enrollment period and who have taken steps to address those circumstances should consider appealing. Appeals require that students meet with an academic advisor and must be submitted by the published deadline date of the enrollment period which you are requesting aid. Those deadline dates are:

Summer 2014 – May 12, 2014
Fall 2014 – August 11, 2014
Spring 2015 – January 5, 2015

Students can view the status of their financial aid academic progress on STAR under the Financial Aid tab; click on “eligibility” and then on “academic progress.”