Federal regulations require that, in order to be eligible for assistance from any Federal Title IV student aid program (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct/PLUS Loan, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs) a student must be making satisfactory academic progress.
The standards which follow govern eligibility for Title IV programs only. Penn’s policy is to aid all enrolled students to the extent of their need; consequently, a student who may be ineligible for federal programs as a result of the application of these standards may continue to receive aid from other funds administered by the University. However, Penn will not replace with its own grant funds Federal aid for which a student may be ineligible.
Please note also that these standards do not replace or supersede individual schools’ regulations and procedures affecting academic standing, which are stated in the Undergraduate Academic Bulletin.
For the purpose of Title IV financial aid eligibility only, the standards of satisfactory academic progress for students enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs are as follows:
The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 at the end of the second academic year, and at the end of each term thereafter; and
The student must be completing credit units at a rate which would enable him/her to complete the requirements for the degree in a maximum time frame of 150 per cent of the published length of the academic program. The maximum time frame will depend on whether the student is full-time or part-time.
The student must successfully complete at least two thirds of courses attempted.
Academic progress will be checked at the end of each term for which the student is enrolled (summer (both sessions) will count as a term). A student who fails to meet any of the standards will be placed on Title IV warning for one semester. During that semester, the student will continue to be eligible for Title IV aid. At the end of a term during which a student is on Title IV warning, if the student still fails to meet any of the requirements, the student will become ineligible for Title IV assistance.
A student who becomes ineligible for Title IV assistance at the end of a term during which he/she was on Title IV warning may appeal the determination. The appeal will be reviewed by a committee which shall be composed of two individuals to be designated by the student’s school, and one to be designated by the Director of Student Financial Aid. The committee shall review the student’s progress in light of any extenuating circumstances that may be present, and make a recommendation to the University Director of Student Financial Aid. The student may be placed on Title IV probation for an additional term if 1) the committee determines that the student should be able to meet the school’s satisfactory academic progress standards by the end of the subsequent term, or 2) the school develops an academic plan for the student that, if followed, would ensure that the student is able to meet the school’s academic progress standards by a specific point in time.
The student may continue to receive Title IV aid during the probationary term. If the student has not met the academic progress standards or the requirements specified in the academic action plan by the end of the probationary term, he/she will be ineligible for further Title IV aid until such time as he/she meets the standards.
At the end of each term, the Office of Student Registration and Financial Service (SRFS) will notify students who have failed to meet the academic progress requirements as quickly as possible.
Return from Drop
A student who is readmitted after having dropped from the rolls will be required to have an academic action plan, and will be considered to be on Title IV probation immediately upon reenrollment. Consequently, that student would be ineligible for Title IV aid if he/she does not meet the academic progress standards or academic plan requirements at the end of the next term.
Incompletes, Withdrawals, Noncredit Remedial Courses and Transfer Credits
Courses with grades of Incomplete or Withdrew will be counted as courses attempted but not completed. Noncredit remedial courses will be counted as neither courses attempted nor completed. Credits transferred from another institution shall be counted as both attempted and completed.