Federal regulations require institutions to establish and monitor standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for students receiving federal aid. In addition, state program regulations (Frank O’Bannon Grant, Twenty-First Century Scholars, etc.) require students to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress criteria established for federal student aid. The student’s official academic record maintained by the Office of the Registrar is reviewed to determine student compliance with this policy.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards may differ from the Academic Probation standards. The standards for financial aid recipients are:
- Pace – Minimum overall and semester completion rate of 67% or greater
- Overall earned credit hours >= .67 x Overall attempted credit hours (including transfer credit)
- Semester earned credit hours >= .67 x Semester attempted credit hours
- Timeframe – Maximum total attempted credit hours
- Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree: 180 overall attempted credit hour maximum (120 credit hours x 150%)
- Graduate Master’s Degree: calculated by program
- GPA – Minimum cumulative GPA and minimum semester GPA
- Undergraduate: 2.0 or greater
- Graduate: 3.0 or greater
Satisfactory Academic Progress status is reviewed at the end of each semester, including the summer term. A tutorial is available to assist you with Viewing your Attempted Hours, Earned Hours and GPA
You will receive an email sent to your Purdue Northwest email and personal email letting you know when your status has been updated. A message will also be posted to Student Self-Service via the myPNW portal related to your status. If your status is:
- Satisfactory – you continue to remain eligible for financial aid;
- Warning – you continue to remain eligible for financial aid, however, you must meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive financial aid in future terms;
- Approaching Max Timeframe you continue to remain eligible to receive financial aid, however, you are approaching the maximum allowable timeframe for your academic program
- Probation – you must meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and any other requirements as outlined in your Academic Advisor Assessment. If you have met these requirements, you will remain eligible to receive financial aid. You must update your Academic Advisor Assessment each semester with your Academic Advisor;
- Ineligible – you are not eligible for financial aid until you once again meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements or have an approved appeal and academic plan.
Students placed in an “Ineligible” status will receive a separate email notification. Students with extenuating circumstances beyond their control may submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Office. The last day to submit an appeal for the spring 2019 semester is April 5, 2019.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals
Students who need to appeal an ineligible status may use the Satisfactory Academic Progress packet which includes the Appeal Procedures, Appeal Form, Academic Plan Success Contract and Academic Advisor Assessment. The entire packet should be turned into the Office of Financial Aid along with supporting documentation and a written statement. Students currently on probation will need to complete an Academic Advisor Assessment each semester.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Packet (PDF) – for students appealing an ineligible Satisfactory Academic Progress status
- Satisfactory Academic Progress Academic Advisor Assessment (PDF) – for students currently on Satisfactory Academic Progress probation
- Purdue University Northwest Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Written statements submitted with the Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal should follow the format as outlined below:
- Explain the situation which affected your academic performance and the dates of your mitigating circumstances.
- Explain how your life circumstances have changed or what steps have been taken to support your efforts to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Explain how these changes or steps will ensure academic success if your appeal is approved.
We encourage you to meet with your Academic Advisor or Faculty Mentor to review your academic progress.
You are also invited to take advantage of the Academic Support offered at Purdue Northwest to help you achieve your academic goals. Additional information on Student Support can be found at the Students webpage.