Financial Aid Contact:
1441 N. Cable Rd.
Lima, Ohio 45805
Attn: Office of Financial Aid

Phone: (419) 998-3140
Fax: (419) 998-3191
financialaid@unoh.edu

UNOH Catalog

Financial Aid - Types of Aid

Maintaining Financial Aid

The University of Northwestern Ohio must publish the standards for satisfactory academic progress that students must meet to be eligible to receive Title IV financial assistance. These programs include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Ohio College Opportunity Grant, the Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans, and Federal College Work-Study Funds.

The following policy for satisfactory academic progress is being provided to students in accordance with federal law. Students are expected to assume the major responsibility for their own progress and to carefully review these guidelines to maintain these standards required for their own individual eligibility and aid continuation.

Students who receive Title IV financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress while attending the University of Northwestern Ohio in order to continue their financial aid assistance. A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (g.p.a.) at or above the minimum standard described in the scale below. In addition, students must complete a cumulative minimum of 67% of their attempted coursework for the quarter or session.

Total Hours Attempted Minimum Cumulative GPA

Total Hours Attempted Minimum Cumulative GPA
1-15 1.5
16-30 1.6
31-45 1.7
46-60 1.8
61-75 1.9
76 or more 2.0


After each quarter and session, the financial aid department will review the students' progress for those receiving Title IV aid. Depending on the students' progress, the students' standing will be determined as follows:

  • Satisfactory Progress-applies to students who successfully complete the required standards cumulatively and financial aid is continued.
  • Financial Aid Warning-applies to students who fail to successfully complete the required attempted number of credit hours to meet the 67% completion rate percentage or who do not meet the required accumulative g.p.a. The Financial Aid Office will notify students of this status relative to financial assistance. Students in this category may continue to receive financial aid for the following quarter or session but must satisfactorily complete the required number of attempted credit hours and achieve an overall grade point average equal to the stated standards.
  • Financial Aid Probation-applies to students who have failed to successfully complete the required attempted credit hours to meet the 67% completion rate percentage or have failed to achieve a grade point average equal to the stated standard. However, these students have successfully appealed to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee and been granted approval to receive financial aid for for a specific period of time. Students are required to meet specific criteria while on probation in order for students to regain satisfactory academic progress. Failure to meet the outlined criteria will result in financial aid suspension..
  • Financial Aid Suspension-applies to students who have failed to successfully complete the required attempted credit hours to meet the 67% completion rate percentage or have failed to achieve a grade point average equal to the stated standard. The Financial Aid Office will notify students of immediate termination of their financial aid.
    Students who receive grades of "incomplete" for one or more courses must make arrangements with their instructors to have this grade finalized. Students must contact their instructors within two weeks of returning to the University for the next quarter in the College of Business and within the first week of the College of Technologies (as required). Failure to make arrangements with the instructors or failure to correct the "incomplete" grade will change the grade to an F; the course must then be retaken. Students may repeat a previously passed course only once with the use of financial aid.

Maximum Time Frame

Federal regulations require each institution to establish a percent maximum time frame in which students must complete their programs. The maximum time frame must not exceed 150% of the published length of the program measured in credit hours attempted.

Appeal of Financial Aid Suspension

Students who are suspended from further financial aid for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress have the right to an appeal. Students who wish to file an appeal must notify the Financial Aid Appeals Committee within one week from the date the student was notified of his/her suspension of financial aid. Students who file for an appeal must notify the Financial Aid Appeals Committee by writing a college level letter. Emails will not be accepted, unless the letter is sent as a word document attachment. The appeal must describe circumstances explaining why satisfactory academic progress was not made and discuss actions that have been made or will be taken in order to meet satisfactory progress standards in the future. Please include a phone number, contact information, and the date of the appeal request. Please attach any supporting documentation in reference to the SAP appeal for the committee to review. An example of an appeal letter is available to provide guidance on what should be included in an appeal letter. Documentation supporting the reason for the appeals must be attached. An appeal should only be filed for the following reasons: The student is injured, severely ill or has experienced the death of a family member, or other extenuating special circumstances that caused courses not to be completed. Appeals submitted without documentation may not be considered. Appeal letters must be submitted by the fifth business day of the quarter or session in the current term to be considered for reinstatement of funds in the current term. Appeal letters after that date will be considered for future terms.

The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the appeal and determine whether the Financial Aid Suspension is justified. The student will be advised in writing and by email of the decision. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee is represented by the following departments: Financial Aid, the Registrar's Office, the Business Office, and Counseling.

If appeals are approved, students will be placed on financial aid probation and will receive an additional quarter(s) or session(s) of financial aid during which they will be given an academic plan to follow that will improve their g.p.a and completion rate. If the academic plan is followed the student will be able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time. Students must receive at least a 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. (C average) or meet the minimum standard of the academic scale as well as complete the minimum standard of 67% of their attempted coursework to be removed from financial aid suspension.