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Financial Aid

Making Satisfactory Progress Toward Your Degree

As a financial aid recipient, you will be required to make satisfactory progress toward your degree or certificate in a timely manner. To maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and to avoid any disruptions to your financial aid, please be advised of the following guidelines see full policy:

• Do not enroll in more credits than you plan to complete.
• You are required to earn a minimum ½ credits in your attempted range each quarter.
• Always try to complete credits within your enrollment range (see below). you are required to complete 2/3 (66.7%) of your attempted credits annually.
• Maintain a cumulative CWU GPA of 2.0; 3.0 for master’s degree candidates (see policy of graduated GPA required for under classmen).
• Complete your baccalaureate degree by 270 attempted credit hours, or 1.5 times the required credits to earn your degree; 135 for post-baccalaureate or master’s candidates.
• State aid eligibility ends at 15 quarters or 225 attempted credits, whichever comes first.


If you fail to make satisfactory progress toward your degree you will be placed on financial aid suspension.
You will be suspended immediately following a quarter in which you:

• Fail to successfully complete (earn passing grade) ½ the minimum credits in your enrollment range.
• Fully withdraw from, or stop attending classes.
• Exceed the maximum limit for attempted credits (270 as an undergraduate, 135 as a post-baccalaureate or master’s candidate).
• Each Summer an annual review will require that you successfully complete 2/3 (66.7%) of all attempted credits fall through Summer. If you meet the minimum requirements in one quarter you may make it up another quarter, but by the end of the year you are required to meet the 66.7% rate. Failure to meet these requirements will result in immediate suspension.


Attempted Credit Range            Required to Complete quarterly

FULL-TIME (12 + credits)                                    6  
¾ – TIME (9-11 credits)                                      4       
½ – TIME (6-8 credits)                                        3  
< ½ – TIME (1-5 credits)                                     1       


Attempted Credit Range            Required to Complete quarterly

FULL-TIME (10 + credits)                                     5
¾ – TIME (8-9 credits)                                         4
½ – TIME (5-7 credits)                                         2
< ½ – TIME (1-4 credits)                                      1


The enrollment range is determined by your credit registration at the end of Add/Drop (also known as Census Date). By the end of the year you are required to have completed 66.7% of all attempted credits. If you get by with the minimum one quarter, you have to make it up during the other quarters and bring annual completion rate to 66.7%.


If you failed to make satisfactory progress due to an extreme hardship such as a serious personal illness or the death of an immediate family member, you may appeal your suspension by writing a one-page petition and supplying documents to verify the extenuating circumstance and the resolution. If your petition is approved you will be given one quarter of probation and a performance contract.


The financial aid staff recommends that undergraduates take a full load (15 credits per quarter, 45 credits per year) and earn no less than a 2.0 grade point average each quarter. This strategy will allow you to make satisfactory progress, complete your degree on time, and minimize your educational debt. For the complete policy please see Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid at Central Washington University.