Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
In order to be eligible for financial aid a student must be making satisfactory academic progress. Academic progress will be reviewed at the end of fall semester and spring semester. Progress is based on the chart below.
Satisfactory academic progress is based on attempted hours including all postsecondary coursework attempted. This includes failed coursework, coursework graded as incomplete and withdrawn coursework. Repeated coursework is included in the attempted hours, but is only included in the graded hours the last time the course is taken.
Satisfactory academic progress for transfer students will be based on coursework accepted by McPherson College, and the accepted coursework will be shown in both attempted and completed hours. Failed coursework, coursework graded as incomplete and withdrawn coursework will be included in attempted hours. Repeated coursework is included in the attempted hours, but is only included in the graded hours the last time the course is taken. Satisfactory academic progress is based on residential cumulative grade point average.
The maximum time frame for completing a degree is 186 credit hours.
Quantitative Qualitative Hours attempted cumulative grade point average hours earned as a
% of hours attempted
0 -15.0 1.50 50.0 16.0 – 31.0 1.60 60.0 32.0 – 46.0 1.70 62.0 47.0 – 62.0 1.80 67.0 63.0 – 77.0 1.85 67.0 78.0 – 93.0 1.90 69.0 94.0 – 108.0 1.95 71.0 109.0 – 124.0 Greater than or equal to 2.00 74.0 125.0 – 139.0 Greater than or equal to 2.00 77.0 140.0 – 186.0 Greater than or equal to 2.00 83.0
If a student fails to meet the quantitative or qualitative measures the student will not be eligible for Federal, State, and institutional financial aid. For example if a student has a cumulative GPA of 1.50 and has passed 49% of hours attempted the student will not be eligible for financial aid. The student has the option to appeal to have their financial aid reinstated. Another option is to be placed on an academic plan. If a student was on satisfactory academic progress, but now meets the standards (for example GPA of 1.60 and 61% hours earned) the student will regain financial aid eligibility.
To appeal the student must complete an appeal form and submit a transcript. If the appeal is approved the student will be on financial aid probation for a semester. At the end of the semester another review will be completed. If the student does not meet the standards again they will not be eligible for financial aid. The student may appeal to have their financial aid reinstated however the explanation cannot be the same as the first appeal. The student has the option of being placed on an academic plan.
Academic PlansAn academic plan outlines requirements a student must make for a period of time. The academic plan may cover several semesters. The academic plan will be reviewed at the end of the fall and spring semesters. If the student is meeting the requirements of the academic plan the student will remain eligible for financial aid. If the student is not meeting the requirements financial aid will be revoked, but the student will have an option to appeal.
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