Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid
Students who are receiving federal, state, or University aid need to maintain a satisfactory rate of academic progress and also meet the Minimum Requirements for Retention in order to keep their financial aid eligibility. Part-time students must earn a minimum of 12 credits in at least 4 courses over a 12-month period in order to show satisfactory academic progress. Full-time students must earn a minimum of 24 credits over a 12-month period. Since financial assistance cannot be assured for more than eight years for students studying for a bachelor’s degree (four years for Associate Degree and two years for Certificate), students planning a longer period to complete their degree program should consult with the Dean, College of Professional and Liberal Studies (CPLS), and the Student Records and Financial Services Office.
In addition to the above quantitative parameter as a requirement for retaining financial aid, Saint Joseph’s University also adheres to the qualitative parameter defined under Minimum Requirements for Retention. Students receiving financial aid with a GPA below the minimum level will be subject to academic probation. Students are required to maintain the minimum GPA. Students may lose their financial aid if they do not retain the stipulated GPA after being placed on probation. (See Minimum Requirements for Retention).
Evaluation of a student’s academic progress to determine eligibility for financial aid will be made at the end of each semester. Students not meeting criteria for satisfactory progress will be informed at the end of each semester that their current academic record disqualifies them for financial assistance. Both the Dean of the CPLS and the Director of Student Financial Services and Compliance reserves the right to make exceptions for special cases.