The McMurry Financial Aid Office evaluates satisfactory academic progress (SAP) for each long semester: Fall, Spring and Summer. At the end of each semester we will evaluate each student to assure that they are meeting SAP prior to disbursement of financial aid for the next semester. Student records will be evaluated both quantitative (hours completed) and qualitative (cumulative grade point average). In addition, students must be making SAP toward a degree to be eligible for financial aid.
|49 and above||2.00|
Quantitative and Qualitative Measures
Full-time enrollment for the fall and spring semesters is equal to 12 hours per semester. The summer semester is made up of the following sessions: May, Summer I, and Summer II. Full-time enrollment for the entire summer semester is equal to 12 hours. Students must enroll in at least six hours during fall, spring and summer to be eligible to receive financial aid.
Cumulative grade point average (GPA) evaluated for SAP is based on course work attempted and completed at McMurry only.
Students whose overall GPA and completion percentage fall below the appropriate levels as identified above will be placed on financial aid warning for one long semester. Students are eligible for aid during the warning period, but must meet SAP by the end of the semester to avoid financial aid suspension.
The probationary period is the semester the student is released from financial aid suspension, either from an appeal or from meeting SAP for that semester.
A student on financial aid warning or suspension may submit a written appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for reinstatement to probation or eligible status. Mitigating circumstances such as medical/health issues, serious illness or death of an immediate family member or other unusual personal circumstances may be grounds for appeal. These situations will be considered by the Appeals Committee, but the student must have met with their advisor and/or the registrar to remedy the situation and take proper steps to correct the situation in the next semester. Appeals must include the reason you were unable to meet SAP and how you plan to achieve SAP in the upcoming semesters. Appeals will not be considered without this information. A student who has been placed on academic suspension and wants to appeal both academic and financial aid suspension must specifically state that they want to appeal financial aid suspension as well as academic. See the university catalog for additional information on academic suspension and appeal.
Courses that are considered incomplete, withdraw, withdraw passing or withdraw failing are all considered as attempted hours when determining the percentage of completed hours towards the 75% earned requirement.
Repeat coursework can greatly affect your aid eligibility as well. If you have failed a course, dropped or withdrew from a course, you may retake it in order to improve your GPA. We highly encourage retakes of required courses toward the degree plan. Keep in mind that if you passed a course and retake it, you may only retake it one time and still be eligible for financial aid for those hours.
Remedial, enrichment and ESL classes are only allowed once and must be required in and a part of their eligible program. We may only count up to 30 hours of remedial, enrichment or ESL courses combined and still be eligible for financial aid as long as those courses are included in their program.
Audited coursework is not included in your hours and is not eligible for financial aid at McMurry University.
Transfer hours that are a part of the program at McMurry are considered in SAP hours and are included in or SAP requirements. If you have taken courses at one of our intercollegiate partners, Hardin Simmons or Abilene Christian, and they are part of your program then those hours will be counted towards the McMurry hours, GPA and SAP standards. If you change your major or course of study, only those hours that transfer to your new program/major will be included in the SAP qualification.
For students who fall out of the SAP requirements; they will get one semester of warning as previously explained. If they do not improve the percentage of completion and GPA by the end of the following semester, they will be placed on suspension. Students have the opportunity to appeal their financial aid suspension only once during their time at McMurry! Students must improve their completion of hours and their GPA in order to continuing receiving their financial aid after a suspension and appeal. There are a couple of ways to improve your GPA and meet these SAP requirements. First of all, retaking any failed or withdrawn courses will replace those hours within your transcript. Secondly, students may take courses over the summer to improve their completed hours and GPA before the fall to be eligible for aid again in the fall.
All merit scholarships require a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to continue to receive them over the four years that the student is at McMurry. The other scholarships and grants require an even higher GPA to continue to receive these awards. Please see the list below to determine if your GPA requirement is higher than the regular SAP standards and the base merit aid requirement of 2.0.
|Transfer 1 Scholarship||2.50|
|Honors Scholarship||3.50 Cumulative/3.25 Honors|
|Phi Theta Kappa||3.00|
|Be On Time Loan||2.50|