Satisfactory Academic ProgressFederal regulations require that financial aid recipients make satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance.
Satisfactory academic progress standards, therefore, apply to students receiving financial assistance from such program as: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), State of Kansas Scholarship, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Health Professions Student Loan, and College Work-Study. The only programs not covered by Kansas State University's satisfactory academic progress policy are athletic grants-in-aid and non-federally funded forms of assistance.
To measure satisfactory academic progress, K-State has established a framework for evaluating a student's successful progression toward a degree. This policy has two components: quantitative and qualitative. Students are monitored for satisfactory academic progress beginning with their first term for which federal financial assistance is received.
1. Successful completion of courses
Undergraduate requirements per semester
Graduate requirements per semester
Hours successfully completed in excess of the minimum requirement will result in the student earning "credits." Such credits are carried forward to subsequent semester(s) as part of the student's satisfactory academic progress record.
Alternatively, failure to meet the noted minimum requirements will result in the accumulation of "deficiencies," which are also carried forward to subsequent semesters. Courses for which a grade of F, incomplete (I), (IX), withdrawn (WD), no grade recorded (NR), or no credit received (NC) is recorded are not considered to have been successfully completed.
Note: Graduate students will receive "credits" for any incompletes associated with research conducted as part of the published degree requirements, elective or required course work, or as part of developmental studies once credit has been posted.
2. Maximum timeframe
Financial assistance warning
A student will be removed from the warning status if he or she successfully removes any deficiencies and/or raises his or her cumulative GPA to a 2.0. during the academic year.
Failure to remedy either one of the noted components within one academic year will result in the student being placed onto a "financial assistance exclusion" status.
Financial assistance exclusion
Students may appeal their exclusion status by filing a satisfactory academic progress appeal. Appeal forms may be obtained at K-State's Office of Student Financial Assistance. The appeal requires statements from both the student and the student's academic advisor to be considered complete.
An appeal may be either approved or denied. If approved, financial assistance may be awarded to the student subject to its availability for the semester in question. Decisions regarding satisfactory academic progress appeals are final and not subject to further review.