Financial Aid

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 at the end of the academic year.

Minimum Grade Point Average

To remain eligible for financial aid a student must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Minimum Credit Requirement

In addition to the GPA requirement outlined above, the student must complete at least 67% of the credit hours attempted each semester (any classes withdrawn from after the add/drop week are still considered attempted).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 undergraduate programs for a maximum of 180 credits for a typical Northwest University degree.  If the degree requires more or less than 120 credits, then the determination will be 150% of the degree requirements.

Consequences of Unsatisfactory Progress

If a student completes less than 67% of the 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, State or Institutional Grants, scholarships, work-study or loans. 

Students who do not complete at least six credits during one term will have their financial aid suspended for the next term.


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.