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.
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 Direct Loans). Some federal programs have additional requirements for renewal.
*MFA students are excluded from the minimum GPA requirement, as this program does not follow a traditional grading scale.
|Successful Completion Percentage Requirements
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.
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
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.
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. Need based Florida aid programs require an error free FAFSA. Coursework completed during the summer sessions following an academic year may not be used to meet renewal requirements for Florida aid programs.
Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) — formerly known as 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
Benaquisto Scholarship Program (formerly known as the Florida Incentive Scholarship Program)
Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester, third quarter or the equivalent of each academic year.
- An application is not required to renew the award.
- A student must earn credit for hours enrolled each term.
- A student must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
A student who does not earn the required credit hours or maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA will be ineligible to continue in the program.
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
Your cumulative academic achievements are checked at the end of each spring semester for renewal in the coming academic year. 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. When all eligibility requirements are met, students can expect to receive the same scholarship(s) and grant(s) they were awarded at the time of admission while they remain continuously enrolled at UT.
Institutional aid is awarded based upon the information available at the time of admission. Students must complete the FAFSA each year to receive any need-based aid. Students who fail to meet GPA renewal requirements for institutional aid at the end of the spring semester may enroll in a UT summer session to increase the cumulative GPA. Notify your financial aid counselor at the end of the summer sessions to request a second review.
Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. Students can expect to receive the same scholarship and award amount in each subsequent fall and spring semester for a maximum of nine terms or until normal degree completion would occur (whichever comes first) when they meet all renewal requirements.
- 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
If there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions to these academic requirements can be made. Examples of extenuating circumstances are:
- 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.