Maintaining Your Eligibility

Now that you’ve received your financial aid, you’ll want to make sure that you keep it. We call this maintaining eligibility. And your best bet for staying eligible is to learn as much as possible about the aid you receive and do everything you can to keep it.

Initiating Attendance & Academic Engagement

To satisfy the initiation of attendance requirement, students must attend or participate in academically related activities for each class in which they are registered within the first two weeks of the term. For this purpose, class attendance/participation at 51Ʒ is defined as engaging in a class related academic activity.

What are academically related academic activities?

For the purpose of this policy, academically related activities may include, but are not limited to one or more of the following:

  • Attending a scheduled class, lecture, recitation, or field or laboratory, in-person or online, where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students
  • Submitting an assignment, taking a quiz, completing an interactive tutorial, or other digital instruction
  • Participating in a study group or group project that is assigned by the instructor, if the instructor can monitor and confirm the participation
  • Participating in an online discussion about class related academic matters
  • Contacting a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course after the course has started
  • Contacting instructor when attendance in the first few class meetings is not possible in order to discuss class material and strategies for keeping up in the class.

For the purpose of this policy, other activities that do not represent academically related activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical presence on campus alone (but not in the specific class)
  • Logging into an online class without active participation
  • Participating in counseling or academic advising
  • Participation in campus residence activities, a meal plan, the recreation center, or other non-academic activities .

Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress

As a financial aid student you are required to make Satisfactory Academic Progress every term that you enroll. At PSU that means that you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 and pass at least 2/3s of your attempted credits every term. If you cannot maintain your GPA and pass rate, you may lose access to your financial aid and have to go through the appeal process. Review the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements and ensure you understand your obligations as a financial aid student.

Drop Classes That You Don’t Intend to Start

If you have signed up for a class, you are expected to attend at least one session of that course. If for some reason you decide that you don’t want to take that class, you may drop a course through the end of the second week of the term in fall, winter, or spring terms. If you don’t drop the course, you may have to return some or all of the financial aid you were paid.

Understand the Importance of Enrolling Full Time

At PSU, full time enrollment means that you are taking at least 12 credits each term. Many scholarships and tuition programs require you to be enrolled full time to continue to be part of these programs. If you take less than 12 credits you will lose access to these funds for that specific term. Tuition-Free Degree allows for part time enrollment (6 credits per term).

If you take less than 12 credits and are receiving a Pell Grant or the , your grants will be reduced or eliminated. If you are receiving financial aid and plan to take less than 12 credits for a particular term, contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if your aid will be reduced.

Taking Classes at Another School

As long as you are taking six credits at 51Ʒ State, you can enroll in courses at another school and have them count towards your full time enrollment level. This process needs to be completed as soon as possible, but no later than the second week of the term.

Get Focused and Stay on Track

Financial aid is limited. There are annual and lifetime limits on loans, grants, and scholarships. One of the worst things that can happen to a financial aid student is that they run out of financial aid before they complete their degree. That often means that the only option for these students is to work and pay for very expensive and challenging courses out of their own pocket. PSU’s goal is to provide you with the resources to complete your degree in as little time as possible.

To get help with your student account, understanding your costs, or creating a budget to plan how you’ll pay, visit the Financial Wellness Center.

Connect with your academic advisor to get help planning your courses.

Have Questions?

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to get answers to your questions.

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