Subject: TRiO: Maintaining Financial Aid in College

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Maintaining Financial Aid in College
Receiving financial aid assistance is a huge deal. Putting in long hours applying to scholarships, searching for tuition waivers, applying for work-study, and speaking with different representatives in the financial aid office should be the end of the hard work, right?

Well, the same amount of effort and hard work used to acquire financial aid should be the same for maintaining your financial aid. In fact, many schools have policies in place that require you to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

SAP is a policy, administered by the university, that is a requirement in order for students to maintain financial aid assistance that are in accordance with federal and state regulations. 
Your school's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy will...
  • Let you know what GPA you need to maintain in order to keep your financial aid
  • Let you know how often your progress will be evaluated
  • Explain how transferring credits from another school, changing your major, withdrawing from a class, or taking a repeated class can impact your satisfactory academic progress
  • Tell you how many credit hours you must take each semester 
  • Explain what happens if you fail to make satisfactory academic progress
  • Let you know if and how you can appeal the school's decision if you do not meet satisfactory academic progress  
Frequently Asked Questions

Who monitors SAP?

Your university's financial aid office monitors SAP. However, the frequency of when SAP is monitored varies across universities.

What happens if you do not meet SAP?
The consequence of failing to meet SAP differs from university to university. You could be placed on academic probation or you could lose your financial aid assistance. It is important to check with your financial aid office for more information
Factors that Can Impact Your Satisfactory Academic Progress

Oftentimes, students have several factors that can impact their ability to focus and keep up with their course load. Some of these factors include:

  • The struggle of adjusting to college life
  • Work
  • Extra curricular activities 
  • Family 
  • Health
  • Romantic relationships
  • Finances 
  • Social life (i.e. friends, parties, etc.)

If you ever find yourself struggling with school due to outside factors, be sure to take advantage of the resources on and around your campus. You could utilize positive coping skills that relieve stress like:

  • Speak with a representative at the financial aid office about your situation and ask for their recommendation 
  • Speak with your advisor about your course load if it is difficult to manage
  • Speak with someone in the counseling department about coping with stressful events or family related matters
  • Engage in calming activities that will help you relieve stress (i.e. listening to music, exercising, etc.)
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