The primary purpose of financial aid programs is to help students successfully complete their degree or certificate programs in a timely manner. To receive aid, students are required to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements while completing their degree or certificate programs. Financial aid programs include grants, tuition and fee waivers, work study employment, need-based and non-need-based loans, and scholarship programs. Specific scholarship programs may have specialized academic progress requirements that exceed the general policy requirements outlined below. Questions about the academic progress requirements of individual scholarship programs should be directed to the Scholarship Center.
The academic progress of all students is measured on a quarterly basis. Financial aid recipients who fail to meet academic progress requirements for aid programs will be among the first to receive word that their academic goals are at risk. Students placed on financial aid warning or suspension under the satisfactory academic progress policy will be notified immediately following the quarter in which the warning or suspension occurs. Notification will be delivered via e-mail to the student's official WWU e-mail address. Financial Aid staff will inform students in this situation of a number of specific, on-campus resources to help them meet satisfactory academic progress requirements.
Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements will result in financial aid warning or suspension. Students whose aid is suspended may petition for aid reinstatement. Students whose petitions are approved will be placed on financial aid probation.