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Financial Aid Warning
Students who were previously in good standing for financial aid satisfactory academic progress purposes but have not met the following requirements will be placed on financial aid warning if they did not:
- Meet the minimum credit requirements but successfully completed at least half-time enrollment status (6 credits for undergraduates, 4 credits for graduates); or
- Meet the pace requirement.
- Meet the 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA requirement after completion of six quarters or 90 credits
Students remain eligible to receive aid for one quarter while in warning status. Failure to meet these requirements during the warning quarter will result in financial aid suspension.
Financial Aid Suspension
Financial aid suspension is an aid-ineligible status whereby aid for future quarters is canceled and processing to calculate future aid eligibility is placed on hold until eligibility is regained.
Students will be placed on financial aid suspension if they do not:
- Successfully complete at least a half-time quarterly enrollment (6 credits for undergraduates and post baccalaureate, 4 credits for graduates); or for students who enroll less than half-time, all attempted credits;
- Meet the GPA scholarship requirement, resulting in academic dismissal from the University;
- Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA beginning with their sixth quarter at WWU or after completing 90 credits (including transfer credits);
- Meet the minimum quarterly credit requirement, while in financial aid warning status;
- Meet the pace requirement, while in financial aid warning status; or
- Meet the maximum timeframe requirement.
Petitions for Reinstatement of Aid Eligibility
Students placed on financial aid suspension may petition for aid reinstatement if unusual circumstances beyond their control prevented them from meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements. Reinstatement is not guaranteed.
- Explain why the student was unable to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements;
- Describe what has changed that will allow the student to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements at the next evaluation
- Provide an academic plan for each deficiency indicated in the Notice of Suspension; and
- Provide a Degree Evaluation and indicate the number of remaining credits required to complete the degree or certificate if the suspension resulted from exceeding the maximum attempted credits.
If a student's petition is denied, the student may re-petition after having successfully completed one of the following:
- a full-time quarter, without receiving financial aid (a plan is required)
- sufficient credits necessary to bring the student in compliance with all three Quarterly Satisfactory Academic Progress (QSAP) requirements without receiving financial aid
- one year period of non-attendance at Western
See previous page for more information on the QSAP requirements.
Financial Aid Probation
Financial aid probation is an aid-eligible status for a given quarter that allows students who failed to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and who have petitioned and had aid eligibility reinstated, to receive aid. The Financial Aid Department will specify conditions for such students to receive continued financial aid.
If eligibility for financial aid is reinstated, the amount of financial aid the student receives is subject to the availability of funds. As a result, it is possible that some funds originally awarded will not be available for a reinstated student.
Students placed on financial aid warning, suspension, or probation will be notified after the end of the applicable term. Notification will be delivered via e-mail to the student's official WWU e-mail account.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Department if updated or corrected information becomes available that may re-establish their eligibility for financial aid.
Aid recipients withdrawing from all coursework may be required to repay all or a portion of the financial aid they have received. Students are considered as having unofficially withdrawn from the University if they have received a combination of the following grades for a given quarter: F, Z, U, NP, W, X, XM. Aid recipients who fail to complete a course covering the entire period for which aid was provided may be required to repay all or a portion of their financial aid for the applicable quarter.
Specific Requirements for Alaska Loan Recipients
Satisfactory academic progress requirements for continued receipt of Alaska Student and Alaska Family Education loans differ from those associated with Federal and Washington State aid programs: