Online Graduate GPA/Credit Requirements for Financial Aid
As a financial aid recipient, you must remain in good academic standing with the University and make satisfactory progress toward your intended degree.
To remain eligible for financial assistance, you are expected to meet qualitative and quantitative academic requirements.
- Qualitative requirements: You are expected to maintain a minimum GPA for all financial aid.
- Quantitative requirements: You must complete a minimum number of credits each academic year and complete your degree within a specified period.
Satisfactory progress is evaluated annually.
Minimum Grade Point Average
To remain eligible for financial aid a graduate Ministry student must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Graduate Education students must maintain a 2.7 GPA and all other graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Minimum Credit Requirement
In addition to the GPA requirement outlined above, the student must complete at least 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted (any classes withdrawn from after the add/drop week are still considered attempted).
Maximum Time Frame
Financial aid will be awarded to students enrolled in graduate programs for a maximum of 150% of the degree requirements. For example, if your program is a 30-credit program, you can only utilize federal financial aid for a maximum of 45 credits depending on eligibility. Coverage is only available for degree requirements—such as a retake of a required course that was previously withdrawn.
Consequences of Unsatisfactory Progress
If a student completes less than 67% of the cumulative credits attempted, or their GPA falls below the required level, the student will be suspended from receiving further financial aid and will not be eligible for Federal or Institutional Grants or Scholarships, Work-study or Federal Loans.
The student may submit a written appeal to Student Financial Services. If the appeal is approved, the student will be on financial aid probation and has one additional semester to meet the credit completion and GPA expectations.