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Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards-Institutional Aid Programs

Institutional need-based aid programs, including Vanderbilt need-based grant and scholarship assistance, are awarded for the academic year to eligible undergraduate students on the basis of financial need plus maintaining a minimum grade point average and academic progress. The minimum required cumulative GPA for renewal of university assistance programs is a 2.0 after the freshman year, but we realistically anticipate that the level of academic performance for each student will be higher. In addition, for renewal, the student must be making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. The academic progress and performance of all financial aid applicants is reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships at the end of each academic year and satisfactory progress will be verified by the Financial Aid staff before an award of institutional funds is approved for the subsequent year. For students who are making satisfactory progress, the award commitment for the subsequent year will normally then be made for the entire subsequent academic year. For students who fail to complete the required credit hours within the specified time frame and/or who fail to maintain the minimum 2.0 GPA, the financial aid commitment will be made for one subsequent semester only, and further review will be undertaken at the end of that subsequent semester. After that subsequent semester, institutional aid program eligibility will be terminated for students who fail to complete the required credit hours within the specified time frame and/or fail to maintain the minimum 2.0 GPA required for institutional aid programs. (See Financial Aid Probation.)

For undergraduate students, a maximum time frame of four years (eight semesters or its equivalent) of full-time enrollment is established for attainment of their baccalaureate degree when determining eligibility for the receipt of funds through institutional financial aid programs. Full-time undergraduate students will be required to progress to sophomore, junior, and senior standing in accordance with the requirements of each of the undergraduate schools. If students fail to progress as required, they will not be eligible to receive further aid and will be notified that they may appeal for reinstatement of institutional aid funds in any following/subsequent semester after the number of required credit hours to advance to the next higher level is achieved and/or their overall GPA has been raised to the minimum 2.00 level. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships to request the reinstatement of his/her institutional aid.

Satisfactory Progress Standards-Federal Title IV Aid Programs

The academic progress and performance of all Federal Title IV financial aid recipients will be reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships at the end of each academic year and satisfactory progress will be verified by the Financial Aid staff before an award of Federal Title IV funds will be approved for the subsequent year. For students who are making satisfactory progress, the award commitment for the subsequent year will normally be for the entire academic year. For students who fail to complete the required credit hours within the specified time frame and/or fail to maintain the minimum required GPA Title IV eligibility will be suspended. Students may appeal this suspension, in writing, as indicated below. (See Appeal and Reinstatement Procedures for all Students.) If the appeal is approved, the financial aid commitment will be for one probationary semester only, and further review will be undertaken at the end of that probationary semester. (See Financial Aid Probation.)

For undergraduate students, a maximum time frame of five years (ten semesters or its equivalent) of full-time enrollment is established for attainment of the baccalaureate degree when determining eligibility for the receipt of funds through Federal Title IV student financial aid programs. Full-time undergraduate students will be required to maintain a pace by which they progress to sophomore, junior, and senior standing in accordance with the requirements of each of the undergraduate schools. After qualifying for junior standing, all full-time aid recipients are expected to earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Students who fail to earn the minimum hours and grade point average to progress to the next higher class level as determined by each of the undergraduate schools will be reviewed by the Academic Committee of the school of enrollment and may be allowed to continue their enrollment while on academic probation for one or more additional semesters in order to correct their academic deficiencies.

Financial Aid Probation

At the end of a probationary semester, students must then meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or be meeting the standards set forth in an academic plan that has been established to ensure that Satisfactory Academic Progress will be met by a specific point in time in order to continue receiving Federal Title IV and institutional financial assistance. After qualifying for junior standing, all full-time aid recipients are expected to earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Students who fail to earn the minimum credit hours and GPA specified above during any probationary semester will be considered as not making satisfactory academic progress and all financial assistance will be terminated or suspended until the academic deficiency is corrected.

Appeal and Reinstatement Procedures for All Students

Any student whose Federal Title IV and/or institutional student aid is terminated due to unsatisfactory academic progress may submit an appeal for reinstatement of such assistance to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships. The appeal will be considered by the Executive Director and/or his/her designate, with the right for further appeal to the vice provost for enrollment. If it is determined that the student’s lack of academic progress was the result of illness, death in the family, or other exceptional or mitigating circumstances, those factors will be taken into account in determining whether or not eligibility for federal/institutional student aid funds might be reinstated on a probationary basis by a financial aid officer.


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