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 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirement

    Title IV Federal Student Aid: All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress while attending IUP to be eligible to receive Title IV federal student aid. These programs include Pell Grants, SEOG, Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans for Undergraduate Students.

    For undergraduate students, the minimum requirement for Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 2.0, and the minimum required completion rate for each semester is 67 percent. For degree completion, students who exceed 150 percent of the normal period to complete their academic programs are not eligible for additional Title IV assistance for the period that is in excess of 150 percent of the academic period normally required to complete the program of study. Both part-time and full-time students are treated equally for the purposes of monitoring and enforcing Satisfactory Academic Progress according to the IUP Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed after every spring semester for the subsequent academic term. There is an appeal process available for students who lose financial aid eligibility due to a lack of satisfactory academic progress.

    Effect of a 0.00 GPA at the End of a Semester

    Programs affected: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized), Federal PLUS loans, and 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.