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A Student’s Guide to Financial Aid: Appeal process gives second chance

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By Andrea Gardner

The University of La Verne Financial Aid Appeals Process enables students who are academically ineligible to receive financial aid the chance to justify their academic situation and receive federal aid.

According to Adeline Cardenas-Clague, dean of enrollment services, the federal government intends to give federal money to students who are succeeding in school. For this reason, when students fail to make satisfactory academic progress, they may receive a warning from the university or could be declared ineligible for federal money.

Cardenas-Clague says that the financial aid department checks for satisfactory academic progress for every student applying for aid.

“It occurs at the end of every term when the grades come in. They [Registrar’s Office] update Banner, and when we do an award, we do a satisfactory academic progress check for each student,” said Cardenas-Clague.

For students who receive no federal aid due to unsatisfactory academic progress, an appeal can be made to the ULV Financial Aid Appeals Board, where the student’s financial aid adviser represents the case, explaining why satisfactory academic progress was not made.

Qualitative and quantitative standards and a unit cap are set as criteria toward achieving satisfactory academic progress.

Under qualitative standards, undergraduate students must receive a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average, students entering a graduate program must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and students enrolled in a graduate program must receive a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Under quantitative standards, the ratio of earned semester hours is compared with attempted semester hours.

Freshman students must have a ratio of at least 75 percent; sophomores, a ratio of at least 80 percent, juniors at least 85 percent; seniors at least 90 percent; students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree or teaching credential at least 90 percent; and graduate students must hold a minimum ratio of 92 percent.

In addition to these standards, the number of units students achieve in order to graduate is also evaluated.

Students studying to earn a bachelor’s degree become ineligible after 140 unit hours completed. Candidates earning an associate’s degree are expected to complete their objective with no more than 70 unit hours.

Students not meeting these standards may receive a warning or be declared ineligible. This triggers the student’s ability to appeal their ineligibility.

Cardenas-Clague says the majority of appeals are honored.

Cardenas-Clague requires students failing to meet the qualitative and quantitative standards to sign an agreement, promising to improve their academic progress. Students failing to achieve unit cap requirements are required to make and follow a plan of projected unit hours needed for graduation.

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