Students must meet minimum requirements to renew aid from one academic year to the next. The information below will help you determine the minimum requirements to renew the aid you receive.
If you submitted a FAFSA the previous year, the federal government will send you an email to remind you to complete the FAFSA Renewal Application online. Complete the form as soon after Oct. 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 FSA user ID and password at www.StudentAid.gov.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
To continue receiving federal student aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward a degree or certificate program. Federal student aid programs include: as Pell Grants, SEOG, TEACH Grants, subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans, Parent and Graduate PLUS loans among others. Some federal programs have additional requirements for renewal.
SAP is measured using three criteria:
- Cumulative GPA
- Maximum Timeframe
Each of the three criteria are discussed below.
|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.
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
SAP Minimum Cumulative Financial Aid GPA
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to meet the minimum requirements of SAP. Graduate programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to continue meeting SAP.
To estimate your cumulative GPA to make sure you meet SAP requirements, you may use this GPA Calculator to help you. Note: you are leaving the UT website to access this calculator.
SAP Completion Percentage (Pace)
Students must successfully complete 67% of hours attempted to maintain financial aid eligibility.
Completion Percentage (Pace) is defined as the rate at which you are progressing (moving) through your program of study. It is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours attempted. Courses in which a grade of A, B, C, D, or P are received are counted as completed. If your Completion Percentage falls below 67%, then you are not meeting SAP. Please see the graph below.
|67% completion ratio|
|Hours you must complete:||5||9||11||21||31||41||51||61||101||118|
Note: You may change your course schedule up to the last day to drop/add with 100% tuition credit, as published in the Academic Calendar. Classes that are dropped during this time period are not included as attempted credit hours. This is a cumulative review of college-level credit hours attempted that are applicable to your current degree or program of study. The Completion Percentage calculation includes the following coursework:
- Courses with highest grades that satisfy General Education requirements for the specific program
- Courses with the highest grades that satisfy degree requirements in the academic plan*
- Elective courses (if applicable) with highest grades up to the number of credit hours required for the program
- Any courses not in 1, 2 and/or 3 that were attempted to satisfy requirements*
- Select college-level courses*
*Repeated attempts are also counted in the Completion Ratio calculation.
|Completion Ratio Calculator|
|Enter the number of credit hours you have taken*|
|Enter the number of credit hours you have taken and received a passing grade of A, B, C, D, or S*|
|Current Completion Rate|
|If the completion rate is below 67%, you are not making satisfactory academic progress toward your degree.||
*This can be retrieved from the View My Academic Record screen in Workday, under Cumulative Totals for the most recently completed academic period.
You must be on target to complete your current degree program before attempting more than 150% of the credit hours required for your current program of study. If you are not on target (i.e. it is not mathematically possible) to complete your degree before exceeding the Maximum Timeframe, you are not maintaing SAP.
This is a cumulative review of college-level credit hours attempted that are applicable to your current degree program of study.
You may fail the Maximum Timeframe criterion when:
1. Attempted credit hours exceed the Maximum Timeframe (150%) for the current degree program.
2. Attempted credit hours plus the number of credit hours remaining to complete your current degree program exceed Maximum Timeframe (150%) for your current degree program.
Student can view the minimum number of credit hours for their program of study in Workday, under Academics > Academic Progress. It is the "credit hours defined" for your program of study. Multiply this number by 150% to determine Maximum Timeframe.
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 and Grants
UT offers scholarships, grants and loans to first-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students based on academic achievement, talent and financial need at the time of admission. Cumulative academic achievements are reviewed at the end of each spring semester for aid 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 an undergraduate program of study, 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 in an undergraduate program of study.
Institutional aid is awarded based upon the information available at the time of admission. Students must complete the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need each year to receive 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 their 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 eight (8) semesters or until normal degree completion would occur (whichever comes first) when they meet all renewal requirements.
Students must meet the minimum requirements of federal SAP (described above) to renew UT merit scholarships:
- UT Achievement Award
- UT Dean's Merit Scholarship
- UT International Baccalaureate Scholarship
- UT International Freshman Merit Scholarship
- UT International Transfer Merit Scholarship
- UT Minaret Merit Scholarship
- UT Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship
- UT Presidential Merit Scholarship
- UT Spartan Merit Scholarship
- UT Transfer Merit Scholarship
UT's Departmental Scholarships require a minimum GPA and continued major in the specified area of study:
- UT Art Departmental Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by the Art Department
- UT English and Writing Departmental Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by the English and Writing Department
- UT Film, Animation and New Media Departmental Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by the Film, Animation and New Media Department
- UT Life Science Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by either the Biology or the Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics Departments
- UT Music Departmental Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by the Music Department
- UT Musical Theatre, Theatre and Dance Departmental Scholarship 2.8 and major in a program of study offered by the Theatre and Dance Department
- UT Nursing (see Nursing Department)
Endowed and annual scholarships are made available through the generosity of friends of The University of Tampa. Refer to the Specialized Scholarships section under UT Scholarships and Grants for more information. These scholarships are renewed on a funds-available basis, in addition to other requirements outlined.
Donors set the initial eligibility and renewal requirements for these scholarships as follows:
- UT Alumni Association Specialty Tag Fund 3.0
- UT Alumni Endowed Scholarship 3.0
- UT Gregory Foundation Endowed Scholarship 3.0
- UT Liberian Student Scholarship 3.0
- UT Tampa Bay Chapter Alumni Endowed Scholarship 3.0
The following leadership programs offer scholarships to students who are actively participating in these programs and maintain minimum cumulative GPA's, as specified below:
- UT Bonner Leader's Scholarship 3.0
- UT President's Leadership Fellows Scholarship 3.0
UT scholarships not listed above require students maintain satisfactory academic progress as described for federal aid programs (above) and enroll full-time.
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, contact your assigned financial aid counselor. An SAP Appeal Questionnaire will be made available to you on Workday. You will be required to explain your particular situation and provide 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 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.
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