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Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

2011/2012 School Year 

Federal regulations require that each federal aid recipient be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her academic program. This means that all continuing undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who wish to receive grant, loan or employment aid during the 2011/2012 school year must have met the following academic standards during the 9-month 2010/2011 school year (if enrolled at UCM). This policy does not impact the financial aid eligibility of a new or entering student to UCM for the 2011 Fall or 2012 Spring semesters.

  1. Successfully complete at least 2/3 of the total hours you were enrolled for at UCM during the 2010/2011 school year (2010 Fall and 2011 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, WP, WF, or NC.


    If you were enrolled for a total of 27 credit hours during the 2010 Fall and 2011 Spring semesters, you must successfully complete at least 18 (2/3) of these hours.

    If you were enrolled for 12 credit hours during the 2010 Fall semester only or the 2011 Spring semester only (because you weren't enrolled at UCM the other semester), you must successfully complete at least 8 (2/3) of these hours.

  2. A student classified as a Junior or Senior (60 or more earned credit hours) must also have a 2.0 or better cumulative grade-point average as of the completion of the 2011 Spring semester. 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.

  3. You may receive federal aid for up to (but not exceeding) the maximum number of UCM (and transfer) credit hours reasonably needed to complete your program at UCM, as follows:

At the completion of the 2011 Spring semester, the UCM Office of Student Financial Services determines whether or not 2011/2012 FAFSA applicants have met the above standards. Failure to meet any standard will cause a 'hold' to be placed on an applicant's financial aid eligibility for the 2011/2012 school year (including any assistance that may have already been offered to you). 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 explain in detail any personal, family, or economic circumstances you believe impacted your ability to meet the standards. The UCM Financial Aid Appeals Committee will then review your appeal and render a decision.

Important: The above Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are separate and distinct from 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 2012/2013 School Year.