Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Financial Aid for Undergraduates

Federal Aid and Satisfactory Progress Toward the Bachelor's Degree

Federal aid regulations limit the amount of time federal financial aid recipients can work toward a bachelor's degree and require measured progress toward that degree.

  1. Students who have completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree are no longer eligible for federal grant funds once the degree requirements have been met, regardless of whether the student seeks conferral of the degree.
  2. Students who have exceeded the maximum time frame to complete the degree as described below are no longer eligible for any federal, state, or institutional need-based funds or any federal loans funds.

Undergraduate students seeking their first bachelor's degree are allowed to earn 150% of the number of credits required for the degree. Most bachelor's degrees require 120 credits. In this case, students enrolling in a semester after earning their 180th credit are no longer considered to be making Satisfactory Progress toward the degree.

Many Certificates in Agriculture Technology and Certificates in Veterinary Technology require 60 credits. For these programs, the 150% limit would be 90 credits.

Credits completed at all post-secondary institutions are counted in the total, whether or not Michigan State University has accepted these credits in transfer and whether or not the student received aid for them.

Students are expected to complete 67% of the credits taken during their time of attendance. Completed credits are those credits in which the student remains enrolled throughout the term of instruction for each course and for which the student receives a numerical, CR-NC, P-N, or V-Visitor grade.