This policy is effective beginning with the fall 2011 semester.
Federal regulations require Missouri State University to establish a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy to ensure all students receiving financial aid are making reasonable progress towards completing their degree. Students who fail to make progress toward the completion of their education will be suspended from receiving financial aid.
Satisfactory academic progress is defined as passing a required number of hours and achieving a required grade point average (GPA) during a reasonable period of time. The academic records of all aid recipients are reviewed at the end of each semester in which the student is enrolled to determine compliance. Regulations require that a student’s entire academic history be considered, even if the student has never received financial aid. State and non-federal programs and scholarships may have different standards of satisfactory academic progress.
These standards apply only to a student’s eligibility for federal financial aid. Refer to the academic policies section of the MSU Policy Library for academic policies that apply to all students (regardless of whether they are receiving financial aid) and to the undergraduate and graduate catalogs for degree and major requirements.
Students are no longer eligible to receive financial aid once they have attempted more than 150% of the credits required for the major in which they are currently enrolled. For example, if the typical bachelor’s degree requires 125 credit hours, the limit for maximum attempted hours would be 188.
Transfer courses accepted by Missouri State University are included when calculating pace, overall grade point average and maximum timeframe.
Any consideration allowed for academic renewal will not be applicable when reviewing academic progress for financial aid eligibility. This includes overall GPA requirements and academic pace.
Students under academic suspension are not eligible to receive financial aid and are not eligible to appeal until they have been reinstated to the University. Reinstatement to the University does not guarantee financial aid eligibility or appeal approval.
A financial aid warning period will be granted for students, who, upon first review, do not meet pace or GPA requirements. The financial aid warning period will extend through the end of the semester for which it is granted. If students are not in compliance with the pace and the required grade point average at the end of their financial aid warning period, financial aid eligibility will be terminated.
Failure to meet special requirements of satisfactory progress imposed by the Financial Aid Appeal Committee (FAAC), default on a federally funded student loan or failure to repay a grant overpayment will result in automatic termination of aid eligibility.
Students cannot reestablish aid eligibility only by remaining out for one or more semesters or by paying for one or more semesters on their own. Students can re-establish eligibility by enrolling for one or more semesters without the assistance of financial aid funds to meet the minimum standards required by the SAP policy.
If academic deficiencies are the result of extenuating circumstances, a student may appeal to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee (FAAC) in accordance with the following guidelines.
Students will receive written notification of the FAAC’s decision. The decision of that committee is final. Students whose appeals are approved will be awarded aid conditionally based on their academic plan. The terms and conditions of the appeal approval will be included in an Appeal Approval Agreement that the student must sign before aid will be awarded.
The appeal procedure is administered by the Office of Financial Aid. Forms and information regarding the procedure are maintained on the website of that office.