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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progess
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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
for Continuing Financial Assistance


Students who receive financial assistance from any federal program authorized by Title IV for the Higher Education Act of 1965 must meet minimum standards of academic progress. These programs include but are not limited to:

Federal Pell Grants
Federal SEOG  
Federal Work-Study
Federal Perkins Loans 
Federal Direct Loans
Federal PLUS (Parent) Loans

Certain state, institutional and private assistance programs will also require that students maintain these standards of satisfactory academic progress.


Pursuant to the Act and regulations issued by the United States Department of Education, Francis Marion University has determined that students are considered to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress if they meet the following minimum standards:

1. Receive admission to and are enrolled in an eligible program of study.

2. Meet grade point average standards for continued enrollment as published in the Francis Marion University Catalog, including continuance based on appeal.

3. Earn a minimum of 67% of all credit hours attempted (includes withdrawals and carry overs) at Francis Marion University. This includes all academic terms (fall, spring, and summer).

4. Complete their degrees within attempting no more than 1 1/2 times the length of their program (example: 180 hours for an undergraduate degree, 54 hours for a graduate degree in education or business, and 86 hours for a graduate degree in psychology). Attempted hours includes all hours taken at FMU, coursework taken at other colleges/universities, advanced placement credits, and College Level Examination Program credits.

5.  Must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the second year of college.


The satisfactory academic progress of all students receiving financial assistance is checked at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters. At the end of the Fall semester, students not making satisfactory academic progress are notified and encouraged to use the Spring semester to demonstrate academic progress. Financial assistance eligibility is not terminated at the end of a Fall semester with the following 4 exceptions:

1. Students for whom the Fall semester brings their attempted hours up to the maximum level (example:  180 for undergraduates, 54 for education and business graduates, 86 for psychology graduates).

2. Students who were approved by appeal through a Fall semester only.  At the end of the Spring semester, students who received financial  assistance during the Spring semester are evaluated. Those who do not meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standards will be notified that their financial assistance is terminated.

3.  Students who were approved by appeal through Fall and Spring but received more than 4 hours of 'F's/W's during the Fall or earned less than a 2.0 Fall semester and cumulative GPA.

4.  Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA after the second year of college.


Eligibility for financial assistance may be reinstated in one of three ways:

1. Improving the percentage of hours completed to at least 67% by enrolling in and completing courses with personal funds.

2. The approval of a petition submitted by the student to the Office of Financial Assistance. The petition should include explanation and documentation of any unusual circumstances that prevented the student from performing his or her best academically.

3. Approval after evaluation of academic transcripts determining that the criteria set for the previous year or semester was met.


A student who has been academically dismissed from the University must appeal separately to the Admission and Retention Committee for reinstatement to the University.  Please contact Kyle Miller at (843) 661-1563 if you have any questions.

Last Published: May 5, 2017 9:50 AM
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