STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Federal Aid Semester Review
  • In compliance with federal financial aid regulations, the University of Miami requires satisfactory progress towards a degree as an eligibility requirement for federal financial assistance.
  • This policy is applicable to all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students receiving financial aid through federal aid sources, including the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS).
  • At the end of each semester, the Office of Financial Assistance Services reviews the academic progress of all University of Miami financial aid recipients.
  • If it is determined that a student is not making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the semester, a notification is sent to the student. The student will be placed on financial aid warning for one semester. Aid will not be withdrawn for the subsequent term, but at the end of that term, the student’s academic record will be reviewed by OFAS and appropriate renewal or termination actions will be taken.  Notification will be sent to the student detailing information on the appeal process.
  • Federal academic progress policy is subject to change based on changes made by the U.S. Department of Education.


Credit Requirements for Federal Aid

  • A student must have earned at least 75% of the total hours attempted during his/her overall academic career. Undergraduate and graduate level credits cannot be combined to meet the 75% standard; however, hours transferred into the University of Miami are used in the calculation. The percentage of earned hours is calculated by dividing earned hours by all attempted hours. Rounding does not apply.                                                              (e.g.: Student completes 18 of 24 attempted hours.  Percentage complete is 18/24=75%)
  • Withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and Fs are attempted but not considered earned hours.
  • Hours transferred in to the University of Miami will be counted as hours attempted and hours earned.
  • Reinstatement of aid eligibility can be obtained by earning additional University approved credits, achieving the 75% completion standard, or appealing as outlined later in this section. The University reviews progress at the end of each semester.  Aid eligibility will be restored upon determination that the progress requirements have been met.
  • Graduate students must be enrolled at least half-time in order to receive federal financial assistance. A minimum of 5 graduate hours constitutes at least half time enrollment at the graduate level. The only exception to this credit requirement is enrollment in any of the 700 level research courses. Students enrolled in any of these courses are considered full-time and are eligible for federal loans.


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UM Need-based Assistance Review
  • In compliance with federal financial aid regulations, the University of Miami requires satisfactory progress towards a degree as an eligibility requirement for financial assistance.
  • This policy is applicable to all undergraduate students receiving financial aid through university sources.
  • At the end of each Spring semester, the Office of Financial Assistance Services reviews the academic progress of all University of Miami financial aid recipients.
  • The academic records from both the fall and spring semesters are considered.  If at that time it is determined that a student is not meeting the standards of academic progress for renewal of regular financial assistance, a written notification is sent to the student.  The notification includes information on the appeal process.
  • Students granted a one semester conditional appeal for University of Miami Grants by the Standards of Academic Progress Committee will be reviewed at the end of that semester.


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Credit Requirements for UM Need-based Assistance

  • A student must have earned at least 75% of the total hours attempted during his/her overall academic career. Undergraduate and graduate level credits cannot be combined to meet the 75% standard; however, hours transferred into the University of Miami are used in the calculation. The percentage of earned hours is calculated by dividing earned hours by all attempted hours. Rounding does not apply. (e.g.: Student completes 18 of 24 attempted hours. Percentage complete is 18/24=75%).
  • Withdrawals, incompletes, audits, and Fs are attempted but not considered earned hours.
  • Hours transferred in to the University of Miami will be counted as hours attempted and hours earned.
  • Reinstatement of aid eligibility can be obtained by earning additional University approved credits or appealing as outlined later in this section.  The University reviews progress once a year at the end of the spring semester.  A student who completes courses that meet the requirements prior to the spring semester review may request, in writing, a review of their progress in advance of the end of year review.  Aid eligibility will be restored upon determination that the progress requirements have been met.
  • Freshmen (0-29 credits) new to the University will be allowed a one academic year adjustment period.


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Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement for all Federal Aid and UM Need-based Assistance

Undergraduate Students
All undergraduate students must meet and maintain the University of Miami credit and cumulative grade point average (CGPA) requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress. The criteria listed below must be met to receive federal and institutional financial assistance administered by the Office of Financial Assistance Services.

 
Semester Hours Earned       Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.
0 to 32 1.7
33 to 64 1.8
65 to 96 1.9
97 + 2.0


** - This does not include University of Miami scholarships and State of Florida financial aid.
State of Florida financial aid and University of Miami academic scholarships have their own CGPA requirements.

Graduate and Doctoral Students
All University of Miami graduate and doctoral students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Graduate students who fail to meet the minimum credit or cumulative grade point average requirements have failed to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards established by the University. Those in violation of the satisfactory progress eligibility requirements will be notified in writing of their eligibility status and right of appeal.

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Maximum Period of Eligibility for All Financial Assistance Awards
  • Degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students receiving federal aid must complete their degrees within 150% of the normal time for completion as determined by the school or college catalog under which the student was admitted. For example, if an academic program requires 120 credit hours, the student must complete the program within 180 total credit hours. Credits used in this calculation include those accepted for transfer and those attempted at the University of Miami.
  • Students receiving University scholarships and need-based grants are limited to four years of eligibility (five years for five-year degrees).
  • William L. Boyd, IV, Florida Resident Access Grant (BFRAG) and Florida Student Access Grant (FSAG) recipients are limited to nine semesters of eligibility.
  • Graduate students entering the dissertation or thesis stage of their degree program may receive federally funded assistance for only two years. Please note that these two years are included in the maximum periods previously listed.
  • Graduate students who plan to enroll in a graduate degree program should keep in mind their aggregate loan limits. For more information, go to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov. This site displays information on loan amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses and disbursements.


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University Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

In order to receive a graduate assistantship, fellowship or tuition scholarship, a graduate student must:

  • Be admitted unconditionally to a post-baccalaureate degree program;
  • Be enrolled for full-time study; and
  • Maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above.


For additional information, please visit the Graduate School Website at www.miami.edu/grad. For specific information, contact the Graduate Advisor of each program.  For information regarding loan and work-study opportunities, visit the Office of Financial Assistance website at www.miami.edu/ofas.

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