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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 Direct 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 Aid will not be withdrawn for the subsequent term, but at the end of that term, the student’s academic record will be reviewed by OFAS and appropriate renewal or termination actions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.
    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.
    Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirement for all Federal Aid
    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
    33 to 64
    65 to 96
    97 +

    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.

    Maximum Periods 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.
    Quality of Work Completed Requirement
  • Students who fail to meet the quality of work requirement are subject to either academic probation or dismissal from the University. Students dismissed from the University may not receive federal financial assistance.
    Financial Aid Status During Warning Periods
  • Students placed on financial assistance probation by the Office of Financial Assistance Services or School Academic Standing Committee will retain eligibility for federal financial assistance during the warning period which is one semester.


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