Withdrawing from all courses may result in a change to your financial aid. Students who withdraw from all classes may only keep the financial aid they have “earned” up to the time of withdrawal. Our office will calculate the amount of aid you have earned and any federal financial aid funds that were disbursed more than the earned amount must be paid back to the federal programs through the University.
As always, dropping a course at this time in the semester or withdrawing altogether can impact your future financial aid eligibility in several ways. As noted in the preceding paragraph, complete withdrawal from all courses may result in the repayment of a portion of your federal aid received. For more information, please visit the Maintaining Eligibility page.
Additionally, dropping or withdrawing from a course or courses could affect your course completion percentage, or pace, and the extension in your academic plan that this would result in may cause you to exceed your maximum timeframe for financial aid. Both of these factors, along with GPA, are components of your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which must be maintained in order to continue qualifying for federal student aid. For more information, visit the Maintaining Eligibility page.
To view your current Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or to calculate how dropping a course or your expected grades this semester might change your SAP status, use the “SAP Calculator” on the Resources tab in your Financial Aid Portal.
At this time, we are awaiting further guidance from federal and state agencies, as well as the result of pending legislation, that will provide us with more detailed information as to what options are available to us for evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we are currently unable to provide specifics about how choosing the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option for an individual course will impact scholarships and financial aid.
However, students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress or specific scholarship or grant renewal requirements will continue to have the ability to submit an appeal for consideration. Academic issues related to COVID-19 are certainly an acceptable basis for an appeal.
For now, we encourage you to make choices regarding Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading, Q-dropping, or withdrawing based on what is best for you academically, and not based on any impact to your financial aid. More information will be provided as soon as we receive additional guidance.
Any class that you select to be graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for the semester will not count towards your cumulative (overall) GPR. You will still earn completed credit hours if you receive a Satisfactory grade for a course, but it will have neither a positive nor negative impact on your GPR. For this semester only, if you receive an Unsatisfactory grade for a course, you will not earn credit hours, and it will have neither a positive nor negative impact on your GPR. An Unsatisfactory course may, however, affect your 30/60/90 Hour Rule progress.
Any class that you select to be graded with a letter grade will, as usual, count towards your cumulative (or overall) GPR and will still count toward your completed credit hours for 30/60/90, if you achieve a passing grade.
PLEASE NOTE: Transfer credit, dual credit, or AP/IB credit will continue to count toward the 30/60/90 Hour Rule. Unsatisfactory or incomplete grades (F, U, I, X, W, or NG) will not count towards the total earned credit hours requirement.
We encourage you to make choices regarding grading based on what is best for you academically and not based on any impact to your scholarship eligibility. Know that you will have the opportunity to appeal if your academic progress has been hindered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the official University guidelines for grading this semester, please visit the COVID-19 website.
Scholarship grading requirements may be different if you are the recipient of a scholarship(s) awarded by a University college/department or an external scholarship organization. Please contact them directly with questions or clarification.