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Keeping your scholarships


The Higher Education Act requires that students maintain satisfactory progress in order to receive federal financial aid. At Briar Cliff University, these standards are also applied to state and institutional programs.

Students attending full-time have a maximum of five academic years to complete a program of study at BCU. Students will only receive state funding for four academic years. If the student’s major requires additional completion time, a fifth year of institutional funding can be allowed.

Academic progress will be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively. If a student does not meet the grade point average requirement, they could potentially lose their financial aid award.

For students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress:

LEVEL 1: WARNING

The first time a student fails to meet the requirements for SAP as outlined in the previous section:

  1. Written notification is sent to the student’s permanent address (as on file in the Financial Aid Office).
  2. No further action is taken by the Financial Aid Office and none is required by the student.
  3. The student’s SAP record is set at “Warning” and failure to meet SAP requirements in a future measurement period will flag the student for further action.

LEVEL 2: SUSPENSION

If a student was previously at “Warning” level and fails to meet requirements for SAP for a second semester in succession:

  1. The student’s financial aid is suspended
  2. Written notification, outlining the appeals process is sent to the student’s permanent address (as on file in the Financial Aid Office).
  3. If the appeal is approved, notification will be sent to the student telling them what is required of them each semester. (normally a “Plan of Action” is developed stating what grade point average and credit hours that need to be completed will be outlined for the student each semester). The student in this situation is now placed on “Probation” and his or her financial aid will be reinstated for the following measurement period (semester).
  4. If the student chooses not to appeal or the appeal is denied the student’s SAP record is set at “Termination” and his or her financial aid will remain suspended and will not be reinstated until he or she has successfully met SAP requirements for the measurement period (semester).

LEVEL 3: TERMINATION

If a student was previously at “Probation” level and again fails to meet the requirements for SAP at any point in the future:

  1. The student’s financial aid is suspended indefinitely.
  2. Written notification is sent to the student’s permanent address (as on file with the Financial Aid Office).
  3. Financial Aid may be reinstated on a case-by-case basis and only if the student first meets SAP requirements at Briar Cliff for a measurement period (semester) or received adequate grades from another institution, which indicates the student is ready to continue in good standing.