Determining Future Financial Aid Eligibility

  • PHEAA State Grant Academic Progress

    To make satisfactory academic progress for the PHEAA State Grant Program, you must earn at least 12 new credits during a semester in which a full-time state grant was received. If you do not meet the academic progress requirement during a given semester, the state grant can be reinstated if you take additional credits in a subsequent term.

    For example, if you register for 12 credits in the Fall semester but only pass 9 credits, earning 15 credits during the subsequent Spring will allow you to maintain academic progress. You can also use credits earned in the Summer to attain the credits needed for academic progress.

    Note: These criteria apply to full-time students. Part-time students should consult a financial aid representative for details on their progress requirements.

    Any appeal to this progress requirement must be made directly to the PHEAA State Grant division at 1-800-692-7392 or at PHEAA.

    IUP Financial Aid Sufficient Progress Requirement

    Satisfactory academic progress includes two parts: compliance with IUP Academic Standards Policy (see the Undergraduate Catalog and the Financial Aid Sufficient Progress Policy.

    To be in good standing, undergraduate and graduate students must pass at least 67 percent of their cumulative number of attempted credits (this includes transfer credits) at IUP, and undergraduates cannot exceed 180 attempted credits.

    Your academic progress is assessed annually in May after Spring grade processing to determine whether you earned a sufficient percentage of credits to be eligible for Title IV funding for the next term of enrollment.

    All Title IV programs are affected, including:

    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Direct Stafford Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized)
    • Federal Perkins Loans
    • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
    • Federal Work Study 

    If academic progress is deemed insufficient and you have experienced unusual circumstances that led to your lack of sufficient progress, such as the death of a family member or a medical emergency, you are eligible to file an appeal with the IUP Financial Aid Appeals Committee.  The Financial Aid Office will notify you if you are in violation of this policy and will provide you with the forms necessary to file an appeal.  

    Complete information may be found in the IUP Undergraduate Catalog.

    Effect of a 0.00 GPA at the End of a Semester

    Programs affected: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Stafford loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal PLUS loans, Federal Work Study (FWS).

    Students who earn a 0.00 GPA that includes any “F,” “I,” or “*” grades at the end of a term are considered to have unofficially withdrawn and must provide documentation to the Financial Aid Office from their instructors confirming the last date of academically related activity for the semester. Failure to document academically related activity beyond 60 percent of the semester will result in a reduction of federal financial aid for the semester. Generally, the recalculation is performed using a date that equals the student attending 50 percent. Students are responsible for any resulting balance owed to the university.