Financial Aid Renewal

To continue receiving financial aid each year, you must re-establish eligibility by completing all necessary paperwork for each applicable program. Your financial aid counselor can assist you in determining which forms to complete.  

Federal Aid

If you submitted a FAFSA the previous year, the federal government will send you an email in January to remind you to complete the FAFSA Renewal Application online. Complete the form as soon after Jan. 1 as possible for the next academic year. If you do not receive an email you should complete the FAFSA by logging in with your PIN number at www.fafsa.gov.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To continue receiving aid, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward a degree or certificate. The following are the minimum requirements to continue receiving aid from federal programs (such as Pell Grants, SEOG and Stafford Loans). Some federal programs have additional requirements for renewal.

GPA Requirements
Undergraduates 2.0
Graduates* 3.0

*MFA students are excluded from the minimum GPA requirement, as this program does not follow a traditional grading scale.

Successful Completion Percentage Requirements
Up to 27 credit hours attempted 50 percent
28-59 credit hours attempted 55 percent
60-93 credit hours attempted 60 percent
94 or more credit hours attempted 67 percent


Undergraduate students are ineligible for federal aid once they have attempted 186 hours (193 for the Bachelor of Music) or 12 semesters. Graduate students are ineligible after attempting 48 credit hours (or 1.5 times the minimum credits required for the degree program) or six semesters.

The first time a student fails to meet federal SAP requirements, they are put on a financial aid warning status for the next period in which they enroll. During this warning period, students continue to receive federal aid. Upon review of your academic achievements at the end of this next period of enrollment, students who meet federal SAP requirements may continue to receive federal student aid; students who fail SAP review again at this time lose their federal student aid eligibility until they can meet the SAP requirements. See section on Appeals. 

You will be notified if you fall below the standards for aid programs. You have the right to appeal for full or partial restoration of financial aid that has been terminated due to unsatisfactory academic progress

TEACH Grant

Students must complete the FAFSA each year, maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of each semester in which the TEACH Grant funds are received (students who qualify for the grant by scoring in the 75th percentile on a college admissions test are exempt from this GPA requirement, documentation required) and complete TEACH Grant counseling each academic year. There is an aggregate limit of $16,000 for undergraduate and $8,000 for graduate recipients.

Florida Aid

To continue receiving aid from the state of Florida, students must remain residents of the state and meet or exceed the minimum requirements for satisfactory academic progress as described above. In addition, state aid programs have their own specific requirements for renewal. An error-free FAFSA is required to receive funding from any Florida aid program. Coursework completed during the summer sessions following an academic year may not be used to meet renewal requirements for Florida aid programs. 

Florida Residents Access Grant (FRAG)

Requires a 2.0 or higher GPA at the end of the spring term and completion of 24 credit hours in summer, fall and spring terms combined or 12 credits per semester received.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

Requires a 2.0 or higher GPA at the end of the spring term and completion of 24 credit hours in summer, fall and spring terms combined or 12 credits per semester received. A student's EFC (result of the FAFSA) must be less than $6,080 to qualify for this grant.

Bright Futures Scholarships

Students enrolled full time must earn at least 24 credit hours during the fall, spring and summer terms. A student enrolled full time (12 or more semester hours) for only one term must earn at least 12 semester hours for that term. If a student is enrolled part time for any part of the academic year, the student must earn a prorated number of credit hours (half time = 6 credit hours, three-quarter time = 9 credit hours). A student must reimburse the post-secondary institution for the cost of course(s) dropped or withdrawn after the initial add/drop period. Non-refunded credit hours will affect the student's renewal eligibility.

  • Academic Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the spring term
  • Medallion Scholarships: 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the spring term

Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP)

Students enrolled full time must earn at least 24 credit hours during the summer, fall and spring terms. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the spring term is also required. Students must demonstrate financial need each year (result of the FAFSA) for renewal. 

UT Scholarships, Grants and Loans

To renew UT aid, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as described for federal aid programs (above) and enroll full time, in addition to the requirements listed below. Because GPA is checked at the end of the spring semester, students enrolling in summer sessions should contact the Financial Aid Office and request a second review. 

  • Achievement Award: 2.3 cumulative GPA
  • Dean’s Scholarship: 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Departmental Scholarships: 3.0 GPA, major or participation requirements
  • International Baccalaureate Scholarship: 2.8 cumulative GPA 
  • International Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Julia Dickenson Scholarship: Students must meet the federal SAP requirements outlined above; based on funds-available basis.
  • Liberian Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Lowth Annual Scholarship: Students must file the FAFSA each year to demonstrate continued financial need.
  • Minaret Scholarship: 2.5 cumulative GPA 
  • Need-based grants and loans: Students must demonstrate continued financial need (result of the FAFSA). 
  • Presidential Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • PTK Scholarship: 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • ROTC Incentive Grant: 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Spartan Scholarship: 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Tampa Alpha Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Transfer Scholarship: 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • UT National Alumni Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative GPA

Appeals

If there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions to these academic requirements can be made. Examples of extenuating circumstances are:

  • illness
  • accident
  • death of a family member
  • or any similar occurrence

If your failure to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements can be explained in this way, write an appeal to the director of financial aid. Your letter should explain your particular situation and should be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as a doctor's statement, medical bills or a newspaper obituary. Your appeal must also address what has changed that will make you able to meet the SAP requirements at the end of the next semester, and what steps you will take in the upcoming semester to re-establish your financial aid eligibility.

Your appeal must be received prior to the start of the next semester. You will be notified of the result of your appeal by email. Approved appeals may result in financial aid probation, during which time you may continue to receive aid while working toward meeting the renewal requirements for the aid you receive. At the end of the probationary period (or academic year, whichever comes first), your cumulative academic achievements will be reviewed again, at which time you will be notified of your aid eligibility. It must be mathematically possible for the student to meet SAP requirements at the end of the next period of enrollment for an appeal to be approved and probation granted for federal student aid programs. 

For more information refer to The University of Tampa catalog.