Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students are expected to make reasonable progress toward the completion of a degree to be eligible for financial aid. The following standards have been adopted to monitor progress. NNU scholarships are not subject to these standards as they have their own individual GPA requirements. To be eligible for federal financial aid at Northwest Nazarene University, a student must be enrolled, be in good standing, and be making reasonable progress toward the completion of a degree. NNU’s policy is to review students once each semester for cumulative GPA, total credits completed versus credits attempted, academic probation, and prior appeal conditions. Transfer and re-admit students must meet the guidelines below upon entering NNU to be eligible for financial aid without having to appeal. Transfer and re-admit students who don’t meet these guidelines, will be asked to appeal. All students who are not meeting SAP guidelines will be notified in writing of their SAP status. Non-receipt of this letter will not change this status.
A. GRADE POINT (QUALITATIVE) REQUIREMENTS All undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.75 while classified as a Freshman and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for Sophomore or above.
B. PACE (QUANTITATIVE) REQUIREMENTS All undergraduate students must maintain a minimum pace of completing 67% of the attempted credits. Only passing grades count as successful completion. Incomplete, in progress, failing grades, and drops/withdrawals are not considered completed courses, but are considered as attempted courses for purposes of the 67% completion requirement. All attempted hours are counted whether or not the student received aid for them. Transfer and concurrent hours accepted or received at NNU count toward both credits attempted and completed, however the GPA from these courses is not calculated in the qualitative progress for this policy. Federal aid eligibility is only extended to repeat a course one time. Remedial courses that are pass/fail are counted in credits attempted and earned, but do not count toward GPA. To ensure you complete your program within a reasonable amount of time, a limit has been placed on the number of hours you can attempt. This limit is 150% of the minimum number of credits (124 for an undergraduate degree) required to complete the program, which equals 186 credits. Once a student reaches the 150% limit or it is determined that a student cannot complete the program within the 150% limit, the student will no longer be able to receive federal financial aid, but may appeal. The Office of Financial Aid verifies each student’s enrollment in the required number of credits for the aid they are receiving before funds are credited to the student’s account.
C. SAP STATUSES Warning Status—this status is assigned to students who fail to meet the Standards of Academic Progress as stated above at the end of a semester in which they are enrolled. Students in a warning status may receive financial aid for one semester without completing an appeal. The first time a student fails to meet the qualitative cumulative GPA (1.75 for freshman or 2.0 for sophomore or above) or pace (minimum 67% of attempted courses completed) requirements stated in this policy, the student will be placed on financial aid warning. A student at NNU may only reach warning status 3 times (non-consecutively) in their undergraduate program, after the third time, the student will be placed on automatic suspension of aid. Suspension Status— financial aid suspension is a semester in which the student loses aid eligibility. The student can regain aid eligibility once they reach a cumulative GPA in line with the SAP guidelines and/or complete 67% of the credits they attempted. Students can move to a financial aid suspension after a warning semester if they continue to not meet one or all of the SAP guidelines. Exceeding 186 credits also moves the student to an automatic suspension status for any subsequent semester. Students do have the option to appeal if unusual or unforeseen circumstances within a semester caused their suspension status. Not enrolling in the subsequent semester (at NNU or another college) after a warning or suspension status is determined, does not change this status should the student return.
D. REINSTATEMENT OF FEDERAL AID Students, who have been denied financial aid for reasons other than reaching the maximum timeframe, may have their aid reinstated by:
- Continuing to attend Northwest Nazarene University without financial aid or attend another regionally accredited college until they are able to achieve both:
- A cumulative 2.0 GPA.
- A 67% cumulative and semester completion rate.
- Submitting an appeal that explains the unusual or unforeseen circumstances that led to the suspension.
Note: A student at NNU may only reach suspension status 3 times in their undergraduate program, after the third time, the student will be placed on automatic suspension of aid and may not appeal or regain eligibility. Students who have reached the maximum timeframe also may not appeal or regain eligibility.
E. APPEAL PROCESS Students may appeal the loss of aid by submitting the Appeal Form available in the Office of Financial Aid or at nnu.edu/forms. The form is due by the first day of each semester. Students who are in a suspension and have not submitted an appeal by this date will be denied federal financial aid for that semester. Petitions are reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeal Committee (FAAC). Submitting an appeal does not guarantee it will be approved. The student is responsible for all semester charges incurred in semesters when federal financial aid is denied. The decision of the FAAC is final. If the appeal is approved, a student’s federal financial aid eligibility will be reinstated for one semester and the student is considered to be in a probation status. An academic plan may be a condition of an approved appeal and is at the discretion of the committee. During probation, a student must meet the SAP guidelines in order to retain aid eligibility. Failure to meet these guidelines will be cause for suspension.