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Students receiving certain types of financial assistance must demonstrate each year that they are progressing satisfactorily towards the completion of their degree program in order to maintain their eligibility for that assistance. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements vary between types of aid. See the sections below to learn more about the SAP requirements for federal, state, and institutional aid.

If you would like to contact a financial aid representative regarding the fulfillment of SAP requirements, warning periods, or appeals, please call or email the office of financial aid, or visit Hood American Free Enterprise Building Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Phone: (561) 803-2126
Email:
finaid@pba.edu

Policy for Federal Student Aid

Students receiving federal aid must demonstrate each year that they are progressing satisfactorily towards completion of their degree program in order to maintain their eligibility for that assistance. A course withdrawal, a course repetition, a course incomplete, and/or academic bankruptcy are counted in the total credit hours attempted. At the end of each semester, the Financial Aid Office evaluates the academic progress of each student who received financial assistance. In order to maintain eligibility for all federal aid, students must meet the following criteria:

1.     Maintain a Palm Beach Atlantic University cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.

2.     Complete at least two thirds (2/3) of their attempted credits to date.

 

Please note that the following conditions apply:  

-   Attempted credits include credits transferred from another institution that have been accepted towards their degree program at Palm Beach Atlantic 
    University.
 
-   Attempted credits include course withdrawals and repeated courses.  
-   Attempted credits include all courses in which the student has earned a grade including a grade of incomplete.  
-   Attempted credits include credit hours forgiven under the Palm Beach Atlantic University Academic Policy forbankruptcy.  
-   Completed courses include all courses that the Office of the Registrar has determined will be credited towards completion of the student’s
     degree program.
-   Students will become ineligible for any federal assistance after attempting 150% of the required credits to complete their degree.

Warning Period for Federal Aid

Subsequent to a determination that satisfactory academic progress has not been made, students will automatically be placed on warning for a period of one semester. If at the end of the warning period the student still does not meet the criteria set forth in this policy, eligibility to receive federal financial aid governed by this policy will be suspended. A student whose eligibility has been suspended will regain eligibility at the end of any Satisfactory Academic Progress review after which they meet th e above criteria.



Policy for State Student Aid

Students receiving aid from state-funded programs must demonstrate each year that they are progressing satisfactorily towards completion of their degree program in order to maintain their eligibility for that assistance. At the end of each spring semester, the Financial Aid Office evaluates the academic progress of each student who received financial assistance.

Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)

In order to maintain eligibility for Florida Resident Access Grant(FRAG), a student must meet the following criteria:

1. Maintain a Palm Beach Atlantic University cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0.

2. Be enrolled as a full-time student (in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).

 

Please note that the following conditions apply:
 

                  -   Students must complete 24 credit hours in the previous school year in order to renew the award.

                  -   Students who have attended only one semester in the previous year must have completed 12 credit hours to renew the award.

                  -   Students may receive the FRAG award up to 9 semesters. 

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)

In order to maintain eligibility for Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), a student must meet the following criteria:

1. Maintain a Palm Beach Atlantic University cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.0.

2. Be enrolled as a full-time student (in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).

 

Please note that the following conditions apply:
 

                   -   Students must complete 24 credit hours in the previous school year in order to renew the award.

                   -   Students who have attended only one semester in the previous year must have completed 12 credit hours to renew the award.

                   -   Students may receive the FSAG award up to 9 semesters. 

Florida Bright Futures

In order to maintain eligibility for Florida Bright Futures award,a student must meet the following criteria:
1. Maintain a Palm Beach Atlantic University cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 for Medallion recipients and at least 3.0 for 
    Academic recipients.
2. Be
enrolled as a full-time student (in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).  
           Please note that the following conditions apply:
 

                     -   Students must complete 24 credit hours in the previous school year in order to renew the award.

                     -   Students who have attended only one semester in the previous year must have completed 12 credit hours to renew the 
                              award.
                     -   Bright Futures recipients are typically able to use their awards for up to 120 credit hours. To check the award history 
                              and see remaining hours in your Bright Future award, log on to 
                            https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/home/login.asp?TARGET=/disb/SAWMELGaudit.asp
 

Warning Periods for State Aid

FRAG/FSAG

If a FRAG/FSAG recipient does not earn 24 credits hours in the academic year (or 12 credit hours if they only attended one semester), he or she will automatically be placed on suspension for FRAG/FSAG. If a student meets the credit hours requirement, but fails to meet the above GPA standards, he or she will enter a “warning period” for the following academic year. At the end of the spring semester of the warning period, satisfactory academic progress will be reevaluated. If the student does not meet the required GPA and earned credit hour requirements after the warning period, he or she will be suspended from all FRAG/FSAG awards. A student whose eligibility has been suspended will regain eligibility at the end of any Satisfactory Academic Progress review after which they meet the above criteria.

Bright Futures

 

If a student fails to meet theabove GPA and credit hour requirements for granting Bright Futures, he or she will lose Bright Futures immediately. No warning period is given for Bright Futures awards.

Policy for PBA Aid

Students receiving aid from Palm Beach Atlantic University must demonstrate each year that they are progressing satisfactorily towards completion of their degree program in order to maintain their eligibility for that assistance. At the end of each spring semester, the Financial Aid Office evaluates the academic progress of each student who received financial assistance from PBA.

In order to maintain eligibilityfor PBA aid, a student must meet the following criteria:

 

          1. Maintain a Palm Beach Atlantic University cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5.

          2. Be enrolled as a full-time student (in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester).

 

Please note that the following conditions apply:
 

-   PBA aid can be renewed up to 9 semesters for incoming freshmen students and up to 7 semesters for incoming transfer students.

Warning Period for PBA Aid

If a student fails to meet the above standards for granting institutional aid, he or she will enter a “warning period” until the following year. The following spring, satisfactory academic progress will be reevaluated. If the student does not have a GPA of at least 2.5 after the warning period, he or she will be suspended from all PBA awards and aid.

A student whose eligibility has been suspended for failure to meet the criteria above because of special circumstances may submit a written appeal to the Office of Financial Aid. Special circumstances would be events such as becoming very ill or severely injured, death of a relative, illness or severe injury of a relative, documental mental illness, divorce, family abuse, a work conflict, or having to drop due to a PBA error or other similar events. The appeal process includes the following steps: 
 

1. The student submits a letter of appeal to the Office of Financial Aid detailing the mitigating circumstances and providing supporting documentation of the circumstances.

2. The Office of Financial Aid will review the appeal and determine if the appeal should be approved.

3. If the appeal is approved, the Office of Financial Aid may limit the approval to a single semester or place other conditions on the approval.

  

Note: Approval of an appeal does not override GPA or earned credit hour requirements for eligibility specific to certain state, institutional or other awards.