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Satisfactory Academic Progress - Graduate

GRADUATE STUDENTS

All students who are recipients of Title IV financial aid (all federal programs) and Point Park University aid are subject to the following policies and procedures in regard to Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Policy

There are three criteria that must be met for a student to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress.  They are:

  • Completion of credits
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Completion of program

Completion of Credits

  • Will consist of grade received of A, B, C, D, or P. 
  • Any student who receives a grade of F, I, W, X, or NG is considered to have NOT successfully completed the credits attempted.
  •  A student is permitted to receive federal and institutional aid only for a course attempted three times.  If a student repeats a course for the fourth time, they are ineligible for aid for that course. 
  • All full-time graduate students must complete a minimum of 9 credits per semester for a total of 18 credits for the academic year.   All part-time graduate students must complete a minimum of 6 credits per semester for a total of 12 credits for the academic year.

Minimum GPA

The minimum GPA for academic progress for graduate students is an overall 3.0 GPA.

Completion of program

All students must complete their program within 150% of the number of credits required for their program of study.  An example: for graduate programs that require 30 credits for graduation, the student may receive federal and institutional aid for a maximum of 45 credits. 

Procedure

  1.  Any student who fails to meet any of the above criteria will automatically be notified of being placed on a semester of probation for financial aid purposes, and their aid will be awarded for one semester only. 
  2. After the probationary semester, the student's academic progress will be reevaluated to determine if the student successfully completed all credits attempted during the probationary period according to the above guidelines. 
  3. A student who successfully completes the probationary semester is automatically given aid for the remainder of the academic year.
  4. If a student does not successfully complete the probationary semester, the student will be notified to write a letter of explanation to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee explaining the reasons for their unsatisfactory academic performance. 
  5.  The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the entire transcript and then make a recommendation whether extenuating circumstances apply and to grant an additional semester of probation or deny the student federal and institutional aid for an upcoming semester.
  6. If a student is denied federal and institutional aid for a semester, the student can regain eligibility for federal and institutional aid after successfully completing 6 credits according to the above guidelines utilizing their own funding.