Whitworth University Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements for Financial Aid Recipients
Federal and state regulations mandate that an aid recipient must make satisfactory academic progress toward completing his or her degree or certificate. Whitworth will hold to these same standards for establishing eligibility for institutional funding, including any additional eligibility criteria specific to the scholarship or grant for which the student is eligible. This requirement applies to the aid recipient’s entire period of attendance at Whitworth, even though s/he may not have received financial aid in one or more semesters.
Satisfactory academic progress includes 1) completing a minimum number of cumulative credits, 2) maintaining a minimum cumulative and term grade point average and 3) completing a degree or certificate within a reasonable period of time. Please note: These policies govern financial aid and do not have any bearing on your Whitworth academic standing, as they are separate policies. The university’s catalog has more information on academic requirements.
Satisfactory academic progress for financial aid is reviewed at the end of each semester. Cumulative credits and cumulative grade point average include work for the entire time you have attended Whitworth University; therefore, your entire academic history up to that point is reviewed at the end of each semester.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO REMAIN ELIGIBLE FOR AID
Students who fail to complete these minimum requirements for the first time will be placed on financial aid warning status and will be granted one additional semester to regain satisfactory academic progress. Failure to regain satisfactory academic progress at the end of the financial aid warning-status semester will result in the student having his or her aid suspended for the upcoming semester. Students will be notified if they have not maintained satisfactory academic progress; however, it is each student's responsibility to monitor his/her own progress, which can be done by reviewing grades on Pirate Port. Below you will find further information about each of these criteria.
MINIMUM CREDIT REQUIREMENT
MINIMUM CUMULATIVE AND TERM GRADE POINT AVERAGE
For these scholarships, these special minimum cumulative grade point averages apply:
Note: Endowed, restricted, federal and state scholarships tied to strong academic performance may require higher standards than those listed here.
*The exception for this is for graduate students who have been gone longer than six years and then return to Whitworth. Their credits expire after six years and these students have to repeat their courses. Only the newest grade is counted in the grade point average. See Whitworth’s catalog for more information.
MAXIMUM TIME FRAME
Students are eligible to receive financial aid until they have attempted a maximum of 150 percent of the minimum number of credits required for the degree or certificate (189 credits for undergraduates), or completed all the requirements to receive their degree or certificate. At 158 credits the financial aid office will have the Registrar determine if a student can mathematically complete the degree within the maximum timeframe of a 150%. If the student can’t complete his/her degree within the 150% maximum time frame, the student can appeal.
The appeal should explain why the degree could not be completed within the time frame allotted and should indicate the amount of additional time needed. The student must attach documentation from his advisor that substantiates the appeal and indicates the plan to finish the student’s degree successfully.
The maximum time frame for state aid recipients is 125%. Transfer students will be evaluated based on the transfer credits accepted toward the degree and credits attempted at Whitworth. Attempted credits include any repeated courses. Students with double majors or students who change majors are still held to this maximum time frame requirement. Please note, some federal and state financial aid programs have maximum time limits or funding limits that are not affected by an appeal. For example, the Stafford and Perkins Loan programs have undergraduate aggregate loan limits. In addition, the Subsidized Stafford loan for new borrowers as of July 1, 2013, has a time-frame limit such that a student may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% of the published length of her program. This is called your “maximum eligibility period”. For undergraduate students at Whitworth that would be six years or twelve full-time-enrollment semesters.
Whitworth’s undergraduate academic scholarships are awarded for four consecutive years of full-time study. In order for a student to finish her degree within the four years, at least 30 credits or more should be finished each year. Transfer-scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive institutional scholarships based on the class standing they are assigned upon admission and evaluation by the registrar’s office (i.e., a junior transfer student will have two years of scholarship eligibility).
REINSTATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY
Financial Aid Appeal Process
Incomplete satisfactory academic progress appeals will not be accepted. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form is available in the financial aid office or on the web at www.whitworth.edu/financialaid/forms. Appeals will be reviewed for circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the student that prevented the student from maintaining satisfactory academic progress; for example, personal illness or accident, or serious illness or death within the immediate family. If the appeal is denied, the student’s aid will not be reinstated. If the appeal is approved, the student will be granted financial aid on a probationary basis and will be informed what requirements must be met to continue to be eligible for aid, as determined by the financial aid committee and a review of the academic plan. Failure to meet the probationary period’s requirements for financial aid will result in suspension of aid for the upcoming semester. A student may submit a maximum of three appeals during her time of study at Whitworth University.
Please note that an Educational Review Board decision to reinstate a student does not mean that a student will once again be eligible for financial aid. Educational Review Board decisions are distinct and separate from those of the financial aid office.
Regaining Satisfactory Academic Progress Without Benefit of Aid
A student can only eliminate credit deficiencies - but not grade point average deficiencies - by successfully completing course work at another institution and transferring the credits to Whitworth University. Transfer credits used to satisfy credit deficiencies cannot be credits that were earned prior to the term in which the student incurred the deficiencies. Once the transfer credits have been posted to the student’s academic record at Whitworth, the student should contact the financial aid office to have aid reinstated for the upcoming semester.
Financial aid reinstatement awards are based on available funds at the time the eligibility is regained; therefore, students might not receive a financial aid award that is consistent with prior years’ awards.
FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS RECORDS
FOR MORE INFORMATION... contact the Whitworth Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-533-4668 or 509-777-3215, 300 W Hawthorne Road, Spokane WA 99251; fax: 509-777-4601.
FINANCIAL AID SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS REQUIREMENTS’
You have one financial aid warning semester where you will continue to be eligible for aid to obtain the required cumulative grade point average.
You will be ineligible for aid for the upcoming semester unless you submit an appeal and it is granted. Provided you are in good academic standing with the Educational Review Board, you can attend without benefit of financial aid.
You must complete and submit a satisfactory academic progress appeal form to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee. This form can be found on our website at www.whitworth.edu/financialaid/forms. The form should be submitted directly to the financial aid office. If you begin the semester prior to your satisfactory academic progress appeal being approved, you will be responsible for all charges without the benefit of financial aid if the appeal is denied. If your appeal is granted, your financial aid award will be reevaluated.
You can also continue your studies without benefit of financial aid until you are once again in good academic standing.
You will have one financial aid warning semester to improve your academic record. If after the financial aid warning semester you still do not meet the requirements for the scholarship, you will not be eligible to receive the scholarship for the next semester, unless you are granted an appeal. If you meet the minimum requirements for other aid, your award will be reevaluated and any unmet need as a result of losing the scholarship will be reconsidered if no appeal is granted.
When you withdraw during a semester a refund calculation for federal, state and institutional aid is performed and the results are forwarded to you. Adjustments to your financial aid award are made based on the results of the refund calculation. (More information is available on our website.) When you withdraw after the 100-percent-refund period, and you cannot meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, you will be automatically granted one subsequent financial aid academic warning semester to meet the standard satisfactory academic progress requirements if the Educational Review Board will allow you to continue your studies at Whitworth. If you are unable to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements after your warning semester, you may wish to submit a satisfactory academic progress appeal along with documentation from your doctor and an academic plan for success that the associate dean of academic affairs has created with you to assure your success.
No. Satisfactory academic progress statuses do not transfer from school to school. However, you may have used federal and/or state assistance that will affect your maximum eligibility in the future.
Whitworth University is committed to delivering a mission-driven educational program that cultivates in students the capacity to engage effectively across myriad dimensions of diversity; the university therefore complies, in its admission and financial aid policies, with all federal, state and local non-discrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofits and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.