Academic Programs Catalog

Undergraduate Education

Financial Aid for Undergraduates

Federal Financial Aid Probation and Denial

Students who fail to meet any of the above requirements are notified by the Office of Financial Aid regarding their federal-aid eligibility status. The notification will outline the appeal process for students with extenuating circumstances.

There are four kinds of federal-aid eligibility status:

  1. Federal-aid regular status applies to students who complete 67% of their MSU assessed credits, are within the 150% maximum credit limit and have the minimum required GPA.
  2. Federal-aid warning applies to students who have failed the 67% completion rule and/or who have fallen below the minimum cumulative GPA in the semester. This is a one-semester grace period. Students are eligible for federal aid while in this status.  
  3. Federal-aid denial applies to students who have failed the 67% completion rule for two consecutive measurement periods, have failed to regain the minimum cumulative GPA standards after one semester of probation, and/or have exceeded the 150% maximum credit limit. In all cases, the denial will apply unless the student submits a successful appeal or regains good standing by fulfilling the requirements.
  4. Federal-aid probation applies when a student has submitted a successful appeal, for the duration of the approved appeal. 

A student who fails the 67% completion standard for the first time will be placed on federal-aid warning for the next measurement period. A student already on federal-aid warning who fails the 67% completion standard for a second time will be placed on federal-aid denial. Students who are on federal-aid denial  or who are on federal-aid warning who pass the 67% completion requirement will be restored to federal-aid regular status if they have not failed another Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement.

Students who are unable to complete a bachelor's degree within 150% of the required credits for the degree are ineligible for federal financial aid and are placed on federal-aid denial beginning with the semester following the one in which they enrolled in their last credit. A reminder regarding the credit maximum and extension requests will be sent to students at least one semester before they attempt their final allowed credit. A student granted an extension will be placed on federal aid probation.

Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 are placed on warning for one semester. If the cumulative GPA is still below 2.00 at the end of the next term of enrollment, the student is denied aid until the required 2.00 cumulative GPA is earned.