Student Financial Services
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for
Federal regulations require that all federal aid recipients make satisfactory progress toward the completion of their academic programs. What this means is that all continuing undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who wish to receive federal grant, loan or employment aid during the 2012/2013 school year must meet the following academic standards during the 2011 Summer Session, 2011 Fall Semester and 2012 Spring Semester (if enrolled at UCM during these terms). Please be advised that this policy does not impact the financial aid eligibility of any student who is entering UCM effective with 2012 Fall (or 2013 Spring) semester.
You must successfully complete at least 2/3 of the total hours you enroll for at UCM during the 2011 Summer Session, 2011 Fall Semester, and 2012 Spring Semesters. Successful completion of credit hours means earning grades of A, B, C, D, or P. Unsuccessful completion of credit hours means earning grades of U, F, W, WF, or NC.
If you were not enrolled at UCM for the 2011 Summer Session, but did enroll for a combined total of 27 credit hours during the 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring semesters, you must successfully complete at least 18 (2/3) of these hours.
If you were enrolled for 6 credit hours for the 2011 Summer Session, 12 credit hours during the 2011 Fall semester, and 15 hours during the 2012 Spring semester, you must successfully complete at least 22 (2/3) of the 33 hours.
- A student classified as a Junior or Senior (60 or more earned credit hours) as of the completion of the 2012 Spring semester must also have a 2.0 or better cumulative grade-point average. A graduate student must have a 3.0 or better graduate cumulative grade-point average at that time. Freshman and sophomore students (59 earned credit hours or less) are not required to meet a specific grade-point average standard for purposes of these standards.
- You may receive federal aid for up to (but not exceeding) the maximum number of credit hours reasonably needed to complete your program at UCM, as follows. UCM and accepted transfer credit hours, as well as all repeated classes, are counted in the determination of the following maximum total hours.
- Bachelors degree - 148 undergraduate hours
- Masters degree - 48 graduate hours
- Education Specialist degree - 45 graduate hours beyond a masters degree.
- 2nd Bachelors degree - 30 undergraduate hours beyond the 1st bachelors degree.
- Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification - 30 undergraduate or graduate hours beyond the 1st bachelors or masters degree.
Shortly after completion of the 2012 Spring semester, the UCM Office of Student Financial Services will determine whether or not each 2012/2013 FAFSA applicant has met the above standards. Failure to meet any standard will cause a 'hold' to be placed on an applicants's financial aid eligibility for the 2012/2013 school year (including any assistance that has already been offered). If selected, you’ll be contacted by email and given the opportunity to submit a written appeal to request that your aid eligibility be restored. In your appeal, you'll be asked to explain in detail any personal, family, or economic circumstances you believe impacted your ability to meet the standards. In addition, you'll need to explain what measures you plan to take to ensure that you'll meet the federal Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress during the 2012 Summer Session, 2012 Fall Semester and/or 2013 Spring Semester, if the privilege of again receiving financial assistance is restored to you. The UCM Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review your appeal, post the decision at your MyCentral portal, and contact you by email.
Important: Please be aware that the federal financial aid Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are separate and distinct from the UCM policies governing academic probation, suspension, and dismissal, as well as any 'satisfactory academic progress' regulations that may be required as a part of receiving state and scholarship assistance.
Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for the 2013/2014 Year.
FAFSA Code: 002454