Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require institutions to establish minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving federal funding (i.e., Pell Grant, SEOG grant, Direct Loans, TEACH Grant, and Work Study); the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJHESAA) requires that recipients of NJ grants and scholarships (i.e., TAG, EOF, Urban Scholarship, NJCLASS loan) meet these requirements as well.

Satisfactory academic progress for federal and state funding at Monmouth University is measured along three dimensions: cumulative grade point average, pace, and maximum time frame.  All course work is considered in the evaluation of a student's academic progress, whether or not the student received financial aid at the time the work was completed.

To remain in good standing, a student must meet each of the three requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average: Consistent with the general academic requirements of the University, students must meet the following grade point average requirements to retain their eligibility for financial aid:
Year Credits
Freshmen 1.60
Sophomores 2.00
Juniors 2.00
Seniors 2.00

Please refer to Academic Definitions of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior class standing.

Note: Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better by the end of their second academic year of enrollment, regardless of whether or not they have completed enough credits to attain junior class standing.

  • Pace: All students must successfully complete at least 67 percent of the credit hours for which they enroll/attempt. Note that repeated courses and course work assigned grades of “W,” “F,” or “I” will not be counted as credits completed toward graduation but will be counted as attempted credits. Course work taken at the developmental level (i.e., courses numbered “050”) will also be counted as credits attempted and, if completed, as credits completed. These factors should be kept in mind when planning a class schedule. Students receiving credit for courses transferred from another institution will have those credits counted as both attempted and completed credits in the evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Maximum Time Frame: Students must also meet the maximum time frame component of satisfactory academic progress. The maximum number of credits an undergraduate student may attempt and receive funding for is 180. This figure is 150 percent of the published number of credits (120) required to complete an undergraduate degree program. 

Those students who receive scholarship or grant funding from Monmouth University must also meet certain standards for cumulative grade point average as follows:

  • Monmouth Academic Excellence Scholarship (3.0)  
  • Monmouth Academic Grant (2.5) 
  • Monmouth Incentive Grant (2.0)
  • Shadow Lawn Science Grant (3.5)
  • Transfer Science Scholarship (3.0)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (3.0)
  • Great Lawn Grant (2.5)
  • SOAR Grant (2.0)
  •  Each sponsored or endowed scholarship may require unique criteria for renewal, and recipients will be advised of those criteria.

Financial aid at Monmouth University is awarded to students for the entire academic year or summer session. Academic progress for all aid recipients is reviewed at the conclusion of the spring semester. If a student has not met all of the requisite standards, the student will be ineligible to receive federal, state, and/or institutional funds. Students who are deemed ineligible will be offered the opportunity to submit an appeal for reinstatement of their aid eligibility; refer to the section below for the Appeals procedure.  (Please note that submission of an appeal for reinstatement of financial aid does not constitute an appeal for academic reinstatement to the University.)

Appeals Process

When a student is deemed ineligible for financial aid, the student will be provided with written notification of ineligibility. The student will have the opportunity to submit a written appeal for review. All such appeals should be forwarded to the Associate Director of Financial Aid. The Associate Director will review the appeal and may elect to return the student to good standing, continue the student’s financial aid for a probationary period, reduce the student’s financial aid award, or uphold the determination of ineligibility (i.e., cancel the student’s financial aid). Students submitting an appeal will be provided written notification of the outcome of their appeal.

Generally, only appeals that involve documented circumstances beyond the student’s control which have had an impact upon the student’s academic performance will be considered. Circumstances which might merit an appeal include, but are not limited to, the following: serious illness or injury to the student or a member of the student’s immediate family, a death in the immediate family, or divorce. Supporting documentation of the circumstances forming the basis for the student’s appeal must be submitted with the appeal. Students who have been deemed ineligible in a prior semester, but who have since improved their performance to the required level, are also encouraged to submit an appeal for the reinstatement of their aid; the student’s financial aid will not be automatically reinstated.