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Satisfactory Academic Progress Financial Aid Procedures

Satisfactory Academic Progress Financial Aid Procedures

Federal regulations (CRF 668.16) require that a student maintain satisfactory academic progress in the course of study being pursued, according to the standards and practices of the institution in which he/she is enrolled, in order to receive aid under the Higher Education Act. These programs at RSU include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, FFEL Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) and the Federal Plus Loan Program.

Rogers State University has also adopted the following (Title IV) Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to govern its institutional-based financial aid. These programs include, but are not limited to: institutional student work, tuition waivers, room waivers, etc.

Students are urged to become familiar with this policy.

I. 

QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE REQUIREMENTS

A.

Both qualitative and quantitative standards for satisfactory academic progress shall be applied uniformly to ALL students whether or not the student has previously participated in title IV programs.

B.

In order to satisfy both qualitative and quantitative requirements, ALL students must satisfy the following described minimum standards:

Hours attempted                     1-30                                31 or more

Cumulative G.P.A.                     1.70                                    2.00

Percentage of total hours successfully completed                   75%    

C.

For financial aid purposes, grades of F, AW, W, N, NP, AU, I and U shall be considered hours ATTEMPTED. However, these are NOT considered hours satisfactorily completed.

D.

Cumulative grade point average (calculated by University Registrar), and hours attempted (calculated by the Financial Aid Office), shall be used in determining a student's eligibility to participate in the Title IV programs.

II. 

TRANSFER AND CONTINUING STUDENTS

A.

ALL transfer students entering Rogers State University and ALL continuing RSU students who apply for financial aid for the first time must meet the minimum qualitative and quantitative requirements described in A and B above in order to receive federal aid.

III. 

EVALUATION INCREMENT PERIOD

A.

ALL students participating in the Title IV programs will be evaluated at the end of EACH semester (summer school included, if applicable) to determine if satisfactory academic progress is being maintained.

IV. 

FINANCIAL AID PROBATION AND SUSPENSION

A.

In the event a student fails to meet minimum acceptable standards, as described in the table above, he/she will be placed on financial aid probation for the subsequent semester, during which time the student may continue to receive Title IV aid.

B.

If at the end of the probationary semester, the student fails to meet minimum criteria, he/she will be suspended from participating in ALL Title IV programs and must attend WITHOUT benefit of Title IV assistance until such time as eligibility is re-established.

C.

In addition, any student receiving Title IV assistance who, during any semester, completes less than ONE-HALF the minimum number of hours in which he/she enrolls [e.g. full time enrolled: must complete at least (6) hours; three-quarter time enrolled: must complete at least five (5) hours; half-time enrolled: must complete (3) hours) will be automatically suspended from participation in the Title IV programs for the subsequent semester AND until such time as the student regains eligibility by meeting the minimum standards described above.

V. 

RE-ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY

A.

A student may re-establish eligibility to participate in the Title IV programs by completing sufficient hours during that same academic year to meet both qualitative and quantitative standards in the applicable category as described in the table above.

VI. 

APPEAL OF FINANCIAL AID SUSPENSION

A.

Students who are denied financial aid may appeal the decision if there are extenuating circumstances. EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: DEATH IN FAMILY, ILLNESS AND HOSPITALIZATION.

B.

The appeal must be submitted in written form within two (2) weeks of notification and addressed to: Financial Aid, Rogers State University, 1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK, 74017-3252, explaining in detail the extenuating circumstances. The student is advised to provide supporting documentation. The Financial Aid Office may request specific documentation of the reasons stated in the student appeal.

C.

Upon review of the appeal, the Financial Aid Office will notify the student, in writing, of the decision. All decisions are final.

VII.  

LIMITATION OF STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

A.

ALL students enrolled in a degree program may attempt 150% of the hours required in pursuit of the degree:  2 year degree - 98 hours; Nursing degree - 107 hours; 4 year degree - 189 hours.

B.

Students changing majors will be required to complete a Change of Degree form and submit this change of degree request to the Financial Aid Office for final approval.

C.

Students in pursuit of a second degree must complete a Change of Degree form and submit this second degree request to the Financial Aid Office for final approval.

VIII. 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY

A.

Students will be held responsible for knowing their eligibility status at the end of each semester. If in need of assistance, the student may come to the Financial Aid Office for counseling or verification of eligibility.