Satisfactory Academic Progress


The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required to maintain eligibility for financial aid has been updated. Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 overall GPA for financial aid eligibility. Please note there are different requirements for graduate and professional students. Other standards include:

* Completion of a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours (completion rate);

* A maximum amount of attempted hours.

GPA and completion rate standards will continue to be measured at the end of each spring semester. Maximum attempted hours will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Additional information can be found below.

Please note multiple financial aid programs have their own academic requirements for renewal, in addition to maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility. The programs include the institutional scholarships, departmental scholarships, the WV Higher Education Grant, the PROMISE Scholarship, and more.

In addition to academic progress standards, courses must be required for degree completion to be included for financial aid purposes. Courses needed for elective minors or concentrations are not aid eligible. Previously passed courses may only be repeated once and continue to be included for financial aid purposes.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Eligibility


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. 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 academic progress standards. Please note the “maximum amount of attempted hours” requirement is measured each semester.

Academic progress standards include:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA);
  • Completion of a minimum percentage of all attempted credit hours (completion rate);
  • A maximum amount of attempted hours based on the student’s degree objective.

Each student is responsible for their awareness of the policy in place for their particular level of study (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional).

Students who are NOT maintaining these minimal standards will lose eligibility for aid until the student can improve his or her 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 have taken steps to address those circumstances should consider appealing. Appeals require that students meet with an academic advisor. Students are responsible for making payments when their bills are due regardless of the status of the appeal.

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.”