In order for a student to receive federal student financial aid (listed below), regulations require that s/he be maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, or, more simply put, be on track to complete his or her degree in a reasonable time period with acceptable grades.
Following are the satisfactory academic progress standards for students seeking federal financial aid at the University of Delaware.
Note: The Federal Student Financial Aid Programs affected by this policy include the following:
The satisfactory academic progress policy includes both qualitative and quantitative measures of the student's progress. The qualitative measure establishes a minimum grade point index (Grade Point Average, or GPA) standard. The quantitative measure establishes a maximum time frame for a student to complete his/her program and a minimum number of credits a student must satisfactorily complete each year.
The Office of Student Financial Services reviews each student's academic record at the end of every spring term. The academic record is then compared against the following qualitative and quantitative requirements of the University of Delaware's Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards:
Qualitative: By the end of an undergraduate student's second year of study (defined as 60 credit hours attempted), s/he must have a cumulative grade point average of a 'C' (a 2.0 grade point index). A student may be placed on probation or dismissed for academic deficiency when the index for any semester is less than 1.23 or the quality-point deficit is more than 12.99 points. Graduate students must maintain good standing as defined in the Graduate Catalog.
It is the responsibility of the student to determine when an appeal for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility is appropriate. The university grade report provides the student with the number of hours completed each term and the grade point index attained.
To have financial aid eligibility reinstated, a student may make up the credit hour and/or grade point index deficiencies in a subsequent term without receipt of federal aid for that term. The student must then submit a written request for reinstatement of eligibility to the Office of Student Financial Services, by fax to 302-831-4334, or via email to email@example.com.
A student who believes his/her failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards was due to extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control may submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form for review. Some examples of extenuating circumstances include the following:
Reasons for appeal must be documented, i.e., sickness, accident, death, etc., and official documentation must be attached to the appeal form when it is submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services.
Appeals should be submitted by via fax to 302-831-4334, or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Note on Timing of Appeal Reviews: Student Financial Services reviews students for satisfactory progress and notifies students who fail to meet these standards at the end of the spring semester. We strongly encourage any student not meeting satisfactory academic progress and planning on reenrolling in the fall semester to file an appeal by July 1. This will allow us to review your appeal and, if appropriate, to reinstate your federal financial aid before we send out fall bills in mid-July.
Our goal is to notify students of the appeal results within two weeks of our receiving the appeal. Any student submitting an appeal after July 1 may experience a delay in notification and, subsequently, the reinstatement of federal aid, if applicable. A student who does not appeal or appeals after July 1 will still be responsible for any balance due.