Federal regulations require that all Title IV aid recipients make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward achieving a certificate or degree. Progress is measured at the end of each term by evaluating the student's cumulative grade point average, credits earned in relation to attempted hours (pace), and the length of the academic program. These standards apply to your entire academic history, regardless of whether Title IV aid was received or not.
Pace: Is the number of successfully completed hours divided by the number of attempted hours. Students must pass at least 67% of all attempted hours (not earned) in order to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Attempted hours include; "W,AU, I, IP, N, N/C, W, WD, WF, X". Students placed on Warning, Probation, or Removal will be notified via StarNET.
Cumulative Progress: In addition to the above standards, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0
If a student does not meet the term and cumulative academic requirement as stated above, he/she will be placed in a financial aid "warning" status. The student will be allowed to receive financial aid for the next term that he/she attends; however, the student's status will be evaluated after the "warning" term and the student must meet the required academic standards including pace and GPA to continue financial aid eligibility. If the student reaches or exceeds the maximum hour limitation, he/she will not be eligible for financial aid.
Students who receive all unsatisfactory grades, any combination of: F, AU, I, IP, N/C, W, WD, WF, X for a term will automatically be placed on financial aid removal. This applies to grades transferred from other higher education institutions. This may be appealed by following the appropriate procedure stated below. Students will return to "Good Standing" by satisfactorily achieving the required academic progress standards at the next evaluation period.
Students placed on financial aid removal may continue to enroll at Walters State without financial aid if they are eligible to re-enroll according to institutional policies and have the resources to pay their fees.
If a student registers for a future term prior to grades being evaluated for the current term, the aid posted for future terms will be cancelled as a result of being placed on financial aid removal. If the student is receiving a loan, the Financial Aid Office will cancel the student loan for the future term and return the funds to the lender.
Students who become ineligible to receive financial aid due to failure to meet the above measurements may submit a letter of appeal to the Executive Director of Financial Aid and the appeals committee if extenuating circumstances precluded them from meeting these standards. Documentation must be provided to substantiate the reason of appeal. Only complete and legible appeals will be considered.
A student who has lost eligibility for financial aid due to suspension or a denied appeal will be reinstated once the student has subsequently completed coursework resulting in an "overall combined" pass rate of 67% (assuming the student is otherwise eligible and also meets the Qualitative and Maximum Timeframe requirements).
Academic criteria for other programs –Scholarships and other third party sources of financial aid may have additional requirements regarding satisfactory academic progress. Please refer to the guidelines of the specific scholarship or third party source for additional requirements (ie.TN Lottery).
Walters State offers counseling, career guidance, testing, tutoring and academic advising free of charge in order to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The Financial Aid Office encourages all students to use these services as needed.