Academic Progress

In order to continue receiving financial aid, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the program of study. The student must be moving toward the goal of graduation.


Standards of Academic Progress

In order to continue to receive federal aid, as well as institutional need-based and merit-based aid, the student must successfully earn 67% of all attempted credits. You may use the Satisfactory Academic Progress Calculation worksheet to determine your percentage.

In addition to completing a certain number of attempted credits, all students are required to achieve the cumulative grade point average as listed below if they are to continue to receive Institutional and Federal financial aid:

Credits Earned Required Cumulative GPA
1 – 23 1.50
24 – 53 1.75
54 and above 2.00
Graduate Students 2.00

For the definition of attempted and earned credits and for the formula of the calculation of the grade point average, please contact the University Registrar at 215-951-1020.


Maximum Timeframe

The maximum timeframe for completion of the undergraduate or graduate program cannot exceed 150% of the published program length for a full-time student. For example, the minimum credits for an undergraduate student to complete a program are 120; therefore, the student would have a maximum timeframe of 180 attempted credits to complete the program before loss of eligibility for Federal and Institutional aid.


Measurement of Progress

Academic progress for each student will be measured in May or at the end of the summer session. If a student does not meet these standards of academic progress, then the student will not be considered for federal or institutional funds. In order for the student’s eligibility to be reinstated, the student’s grades and credits earned must meet the required levels.


Appeals

Appeals may be based on either the death of a relative, a serious personal illness/injury, or other extenuating circumstance. The student must be able to demonstrate that the illness/injury or extenuating circumstance had a direct impact on the student’s academic performance. Mitigating circumstances may be the basis of an appeal if those circumstances prevent completion of the program within the 150% timeframe.

All appeals for waivers of academic progress must be done in writing and be accompanied by the Financial Aid Progress Appeal form which can be found in the Forms section of this website. Please follow the directions on this form and submit it Student Financial Servicers after it has been reviewed and signed by an Assistant Dean or Graduate Program Director. If the Financial Aid Appeals Committee feels that there are mitigating circumstances that had a direct bearing on the student’s academic performance, then the student can be funded during a probationary period for one semester.

If a student fails to meet the standards of academic progress at the end of the probationary period, then the student becomes ineligible for Federal Financial aid.


Standards of Academic Progress for the PHEAA State Grant Program

The student must successfully complete at least 24 credits for every two semesters of full-time PHEAA State Grant assistance received. For part-time PHEAA State Grant recipients, the above requirements will be prorated. (Students may appeal this directly with PHEAA).

The University’s Academic Censure Policy and its Standards for Academic Progress for Financial Aid are two distinct policies. The University may allow a student to enroll for a semester but elect to withhold funding.