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Eligibility for Aid FAQ
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A:  All eligible students qualify for some form of financial aid, regardless of income. Financial aid is offered in the form of grants, scholarships, student and parent loans, and work-study. The type of aid you are offered is dependent upon information reported on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA.

A:  An undergraduate student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00. A graduate or professional student must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 or the minimum GPA standard as defined by the degree program.

A:  If it is your first semester not meeting the minimum GPA, you will be placed on a warning semester and retain eligibility for financial aid. If you do not meet the GPA minimum after your warning semester, a bar will be placed on your file preventing the release of financial aid. You will remain ineligible for financial aid until you meet the minimum GPA requirement or submit a successful Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal.
The appeal can be found in CASH, in the "Satisfactory Academic Progress" requirement box. See our Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines for more information. This appeal can take up to 3-4 weeks to review during peak processing times, so be sure to get your appeal to us as soon as possible to minimize any delays with the release of your financial aid.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal form is available online Forms and Documents.

A:  The awards on your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) are based on a specific enrollment, so any changes in enrollment could affect eligibility for certain types of financial aid.
Hours of Enrollment for Fall or Spring
Undergraduate Graduate Law
Number of Hours on which
Financial Aid Packages are Based
12 Hours 9 Hours 9 Hours
Minimum Hours to Receive
Financial Aid
6 Hours 5 Hours 5 Hours
Hours of Enrollment for Summer*
Undergraduate Graduate Law
Number of Hours on which
Financial Aid Packages are Based
6 Hours 9 Hours 9 Hours
Minimum Hours to Receive
Financial Aid
6 Hours 2 Hours 3 Hours
*Assumes enrollment over the entire summer. Enrollment in only one summer session may reduce your financial aid eligibility.
If your enrollment status will differ from the "Number of Hours on which Financial Aid Packages are Based", or if you are a summer student who will be enrolled in only one summer session, include this information when activating your FAN. If you have already activated your FAN, contact our office and let us know your enrollment plans. FANs may be revised to accommodate actual enrollment.

A:  In order for OFA to determine your eligibility for financial aid, you must first make sure to complete your FAFSA. Then, complete an Financial Aid Appeal Form for Degree Holders with your academic advisor and submit it to our office. This appeal may take up to 3 weeks to review, so be sure to submit it as soon as possible. Please note, you will only be awarded Federal Direct Loan funding if you are approved.