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|
|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:
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.
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.