Federal regulations require that all students receiving federal Title IV, state, and institutional need-based financial aid are meeting satisfactory academic progress standards in order to maintain eligibility.
Students may be impacted by other academic progress policies, including institutional and departmental academic standards, as well as academic progress policies for other types of aid, including, but not limited to institutional merit scholarships, athletic aid, and veterans benefits.
Students must take responsibility to clarify the academic progress policies that impact them.
The following standards will be monitored to determine eligibility for financial aid:
Students receiving financial aid are evaluated against standards after the spring and summer payment periods after grades have been officially posted by the Registrar's Office, with the following exceptions:
After evaluation, students will be assigned a status of good standing or suspension. Students reinstated from suspension through the appeals process will be assigned the status of probation.
Students on financial aid suspension will be notified by an individual email to their Fort Lewis College email account that they are not eligible to receive financial aid unless they re-establish eligibility through the appeals process or by achieving standards by attending the college without benefit of aid.
Students appealing to re-establish eligibility for financial aid must prepare an appeals package. Required documents include:
Students make the appeal by submitting required documents to the Financial Aid Office. The deadlines to submit these documents are published on the Financial Aid website.
In order for the student's appeal to be considered by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee, the student must not have any financial holds in excess of $500 or any other registration holds. The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will consider appeals on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the appeals package submitted by the student and the student's academic, financial, and disciplinary records. Students will be individually notified of the committee's decision by email to their Fort Lewis College account. Students suspended because they failed to meet cumulative grade point average and/or cumulative pace standards, who were denied on appeal, who did not appeal, or who rejected an Academic Plan must re-establish eligibility for aid by meeting satisfactory academic progress standards by attending the college without benefit of financial aid. It is the responsibility of the student to appeal as an "earn back" when standards have been met.
Click here for the complete 2020-2021 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy