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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Academic Requirements

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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Address:
25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574
Email: Finaid@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm

Academic Requirements to Receive Financial Aid

Each student will be reviewed for progress annually after the spring semester. A student must meet the following requirements in order to satisfy the academic progress policies for Federal and State financial aid. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with these standards will result in the loss of financial aid until such time as the student is again maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Federal IV Financial Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

A student must meet the following requirements in order to be making satisfactory academic progress and have an aid package containing Federal Title IV financial aid generated on their behalf.

  • Successfully complete 67% of the total cumulative attempted and transfer credits. This includes any credits for which the student remained enrolled past the Drop/Add period.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 by the end of the second academic year of attendance.
  • Undergraduate students may receive aid for up to 180 cumulative credits attempted.
    In addition to these requirements, there are lifetime limits for the Federal Pell Grant Program for undergraduate students.
  • Graduate students may receive aid for up to 72 cumulative credits attempted.

Students denied financial aid for non-compliance may appeal that denial through the SAP Academic Appeal Process by submitting an Academic Appeal Form. The appeal form for the spring is only available in the office, at this time.

Students granted an appeal will be placed on Financial Aid Probation and will received Title Iv funds for one (1) payment period.

Courses Taken at Other Institutions

Courses taken at other institutions will be used in the determination of satisfactory progress only if they are accepted for transfer to WCU and count toward the student's degree. Credits transfer, but grades do not.

The following definitions are used in the academic progress assessment:

  • Credits Attempted: Credits for which a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, P, W, AU or NG has been received.
  • Successfully Completed Credits: Credits for which a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or P has been received. Grades of F, NG, AU, W, Y, Z AND grades in repeated courses do not count as successfully completed credits.

PA State Grant

After students are determined by PHEAA to be eligible for a state grant, the Financial Aid Office determines if they are maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students may receive a maximum of 8 full-time semester grants (or its equivalent). PHEAA state grant progress is reviewed annually after the spring semester. To qualify, students must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 12 new credits for each full-time semester of PHEAA grant received during the preceding academic year.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 6 new credits for each part-time semester of PHEAA grant received during the preceding academic year.

If you believe that you have grounds to request an exception to this policy, complete and submit a State Grant Program Academic Progress Exception Form.

Federal Student Loan Academic Level Requirements and Aggregate Student Loan Limits

Undergraduate Annual Loan Limits

Base Subsidized-Unsubsidized and Additional Unsubsidized for Dependent Students

Base Subsidized-Unsubsidized and Additional Unsubsidized for Independent Students

1st year: 0 to 29.5 credits

$3,500/2000

4,000

2nd year: 30 to 59.5 credits

$4,500/2000

4,000

3rd year: 60 to 89.5 credits

$5,500/2000

5,000

4th year: 90 or more credits

$5,500/2000

5,000

Senior/December Graduate

prorated based on credit-hours

prorated based on credit-hours

Teacher's Certification

Undergraduate

$5,500/6,000

Graduate

$5,500/7,000

Teacher's Certification/December

Graduate

prorated based on credit-hours

prorated based on credit-hours

Graduate/Professional Student Loan Limits

$20,500 Unsubsidized

Aggregate Limits

Undergrad/Dependent: $31,000 (only $23,000 sub)
Undergrad/Dependent: $57,500 (only $23,000 sub)

Graduate: $138,500 (only $65,000 sub)