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Satisfactory Progress Policy


Note --
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It is important for all students to review the Satisfactory Progress Policy -- particularly if you are just starting college. Every class that you enroll for -- even the ones that you may later drop or let pass into incomplete status -- will show up in a Satisfactory Progress review. Take time to understand the policy now, so that you can plan your academic career in a way that will keep you fully eligible for financial aid. Review the policy below -- then -- if you have received notice of financial aid termination due to satisfactory progress -- see our Financial Aid Termination Explained page for more information.

Federal regulations require that schools establish a Satisfactory Progress requirement establishing maximum number of hours allowable to achieve the degree program sought, and minimum progress requirements for continued financial aid eligibility. Florida State University evaluates Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes annually at the end of the Spring term. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order receive Federal and State, financial aid.

Academic Requirements
All students must maintain Satisfactory Progress and academic good standing in order to be considered for financial aid. In order to meet the standards adopted by Florida State University, the student must:
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Have attempted no more than 179 hours toward a four year undergraduate degree. Students pursuing double majors or a second degree will be placed on Satisfactory Progress Hours hold once enrollment has passed 180 credit hours.
  • Meet the Pace/minimum percentage requirement established below.

Note: For calculation of total hours and percentage completed, FSU considers all classes in the calculation for Satisfactory Academic Progress including:

  • Remedial Classes
  • ESOL classes
  • Classes marked as Withdrawals for any reason
  • Classes marked as Incomplete for any reason
  • Classes repeated for any reason
  • Classes with failing grades
  • Classes not accepted towards degree or not accepted for transfer credit.

Percent Standard (Quantitative): Satisfactory progress is measured by comparing the number of hours you have registered for at any institution with the number of hours you have successfully completed.

Number of Hours Attempted divided by Number of Hours Successfully Completed (passing grade)

Minimum completion rates required:

  • Undergraduate students: 70%
  • Graduate / Law / Medicine: 80%

Maximum Time Frame (Quantitative): Students are eligible for federal aid for no more than 150% of the number of credits required for their degree program.

  • Undergraduate Students: 179 credits
  • Graduate/Professional students must complete their course of study within 150% of the time frame/credit requirement for their program.

Appeal Process: Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards and are able to document mitigating circumstances such as a medical issue, death in the family, or other significant event that interrupted or disrupted academic progress, may appeal the termination of financial aid eligibility.

A written appeal must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid with the FSU Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal form.

The Appeal must explain the extenuating circumstance that impacted the student’s progress, and what has changed to allow the student to now successfully complete their course of study.

Appeals received with all supporting documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for adjudication.

Appeals must include documentation to substantiate the circumstance. Incomplete appeals may be denied.

Appeals for the Fall 2014 term should be submitted by August 1. After this date, financial aid will be removed from the file for any student who has not appealed.

Financial aid will not be disbursed for any students on Satisfactory Academic Progress hold. If an appeal is approved, financial aid will be disbursed on a term by term basis if approved based on Academic Plan (see below).

Academic Plan – To assist in the review process, it is recommended that all students obtain from their academic advisor an academic plan to bring the student back into satisfactory academic progress standards. The only time that an appeal will be reviewed without an academic plan is when the student has the potential to meet satisfactory progress standards at the end of the next term. It is recommended in all cases that students work with their advisor/department to determine an academic/enrollment plan that will allow them to successfully complete their program.

Please be advised that if an appeal is approved based on an Academic Plan that covers more than one term, the Academic Plan will be reviewed for compliance at the conclusion of each semester. If the Academic Plan is not fully complied with, continued financial aid awards will be terminated. An Academic Plan may be considered not having been complied with if the student enrolls in courses other than those established by the plan, or if the student earns unsatisfactory grade in any course, withdraws or earns an incomplete grade in any course, or if GPA standards for the course/degree are not met.

Students who fail to meet Academic Plan criteria may appeal, but the appeal must be based on a circumstance substantially different than the first appeal.

Students who lose eligibility may regain eligibility if, in the future, their academic performance meets the standards.

Example – Student “A” – In this example, the student appealed but appeal was denied:

  • Student attempted 30 credits, but passed only 18
  • Percentage rate = 60% (18/30 = .60)
  • If received B grades in 18 credits, and F grades in 12 credits: GPA = 1.80

The student can regain eligibility once he/she achieves the required percentage rate and GPA.

If the student takes 12 credits and passes all the credits with grades of “B” or better:

  • the percent rate would then move above 70%
  • GPA would move above 2.0
  • However, the student would not receive financial aid for the term that he/she was ineligible – the student must pay for the term.

Note on Withdrawal - All courses attempted, including any withdrawal after the end of Drop/Add, will be considered for Satisfactory Progress.

To officially withdraw from Florida State University you must contact the Withdrawal Office, A4300 University Center (850-644-1741).

Last Updated July 15, 2014