Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purpose Policy

The Higher Education Act mandated institutions of higher education to establish minimum standards of "satisfactory academic progress" for students receiving financial assistance. This means that a student must make progress toward obtaining an appropriate degree or certificate during each term that the student is enrolled. These standards are applicable to all federal, state and institutional aid programs administered by Morehead State University.

To continue to receive financial aid at MSU, a student must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress by completing a minimum number of the total hours attempted and by also maintaining a minimum GPA. MSU's satisfactory academic progress schedule is as follows:

  1. A student must successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of the credit hours attempted. Successful completion for this purpose is defined as receiving a grade of "D" or better.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher by the end of the second year (four semesters) and each evaluation period thereafter.
  3. A student has attempted no more than 150 percent of the number of hours required for their degree.

Policies and Procedures

The specific policies and procedures to be used in applying the satisfactory progress standards are outlined below:

  1. Satisfactory progress will be evaluated at the end of each spring semester.
  2. Hours attempted for purposes of this policy will be defined as those for which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, E, F, I, IP, K, N, P, R, U or W.
  3. For undergraduate students, grades of E, F, I, IP, N, P, R, U and W will not qualify as successful completion of hours attempted.
  4. Noncredit remedial courses, courses taken for audit, and courses in which grades of K or P are received are not figured in the calculation of a student's GPA.
  5. If otherwise eligible, students will be given financial aid during a term in which they may be repeating a course. Financial aid can pay for the repeat of a passed course only one time.
  6. A student who fails to maintain satisfactory progress as defined will not be permitted to receive federal, state or institutional financial aid.