Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Catalog

Undergraduate Financial Aid



The purpose of financial aid is to provide financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to attend university. A majority of financial aid, including aid funded through federal and state agencies, is granted on the basis of need. A student’s financial need is the difference between the total cost of one academic year (two semesters) of study at the university and the total resources available to the student and, if dependent, to his/her/their family.

Goodwin University’s Financial Aid Office is dedicated to giving students the personal attention needed to help them find the financial means to pay for their university education. A variety of financial aid is available to qualified individuals in the form of grants, loans, part-time employment, and scholarships. Some of these funds originate from federal and state agencies and some originate from local government and community-based organizations. Some funds originate from Goodwin University in the form of institutional grants and scholarships. Scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid. Loans have to be repaid. Typically, federal loans are repaid after the student graduates or is no longer enrolled in university.

To apply for financial aid; follow the steps below. Please remember that many scholarships require you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to the scholarship application.

Step 1: Get an FSA ID

The FSA ID is a username and password combination that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems. It can also serve as your legal signature. If you don’t have an FSA ID by the time you fill out your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will be prompted to apply for one. Get a head start on that process by creating one at www.studentaid.gov.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA annually online at www.studentaid.gov. It becomes available October 1 for aid in the following year. The Goodwin University Federal School Code is: 015833. You will need your 2021 federal tax information for the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

Financial Literacy

Goodwin University is committed to assisting students in becoming fiscally responsible. All new students are required to take an on line, module based, self-paced financial literacy course, FIL101, as a graduation requirement.

In partnership with Inceptia, Goodwin University provides the online program, Financial Avenue to give students smart resources to help simplify the world of personal finance. Our goal is to empower students with key knowledge they need to take control of their financial future.

Each module is designed to be interactive and tailored to your needs to help you build a solid financial foundation.

In addition to the required course, Goodwin University provides a full time Financial Literacy Coordinator to help students learn strategies to make better financial decisions, obtain a greater understanding of their relationship with money, learn how to create a budget/spending plan, learn to create short-term and Long-term Financial Goals, learn about financial products, how to keep their money safe, and how keep their costs low.

Workshops and seminars are provided and announced each semester to help students navigate their finances.

Individual appointments may be scheduled as well as “walk-ins” welcomed in the Financial Aid suite. Please contact finlit@goodwin.edu or call 860-913-2147 for assistance.


Sources of Financial Aid

Grants

The Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP) Scholarship Grant - This grant is available to Connecticut residents who are undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program. The student must be registered for at least three-quarter time (9 or more credits) per semester to qualify. It is a grant, so it does not have to be repaid. Go to www.ctdhe.org for more information on other types of financial aid programs for State of Connecticut residents.

Federal Pell Grants (PELL) - Eligibility is based on financial need. Only those students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree and are not in default on Title IV funding are eligible for this grant. A Pell Grant is not a loan, so it does not have to be repaid. It can be used for tuition, books, and living expenses.

The maximum Pell Grant awarded for 2023-2024 is $7,395 based on 12 credits (full-time status). The Pell Grant is prorated for less than full-time attendance.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) - Students who have the lowest expected family contribution and have not earned a previous bachelor’s degree may be considered for the FSEOG. Eligible students may receive up to $4,000 per academic year depending upon the college funding levels. This grant does not have to be repaid.

Loans

Federal Direct Loan Subsidized Program - The U.S. Department of Education pays interest while the borrower is in school; students must be attending at least half-time (6 or more credits per semester) and have financial need; fixed rate is set annually for new borrowers. Effective July 1, 2012, subsidized loans first disbursed after this date will only have the interest subsidized while the borrower is in school. The borrower will be responsible for the interest that accrues during the grace period. Loans must be repaid.

Federal Direct Loan Unsubsidized Program - The borrower is responsible for all interest; must be at least half-time (6 or more credits per semester); financial need not required; fixed rate is set annually for new borrowers.

Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan - For parents of dependent students; students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 or more credits per semester); financial need not required. Repayment generally begins 60 days after the disbursement of funds. However, parents may choose to defer payments when completing the application.

Additional Direct Unsubsidized Loan - This loan is available to dependent students whose parents have been denied a PLUS loan. This is non-need based. Interest and repayment terms are the same as the Unsubsidized Loan described above.

Employment

Federal Work Study (FWS) The Federal Work Study Program provides part-time employment for students who have financial need. The job can be on or off campus. Students may use these funds to offset their educational and personal expenses. Students may work no more than 15 hours per week and may not perform their duties during scheduled class times. Awards are paid directly to the student in the form of a paycheck.


Scholarships and Institutional Grants

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - The Hartford Foundation builds partnerships with donors and nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for people in the greater Hartford region and to help students from the community afford a college education. As part of this mission, the Foundation provides block grants to Goodwin University for scholarships.

Besides living in the greater Hartford region, the selected recipients must have demonstrated financial need, as determined by the financial aid office; must be matriculated in a degree-granting program or a certificate program; and the recipients must be of traditional or non-traditional age, first-time or returning students and be a high school graduate. Awards range from $500 - $1,500 per student. The Foundation publishes a directory of scholarships available in searchable format at www.hfpg.org/scholarships.

CHESLA Need-Based Scholarship Program - Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Authority (CHESLA) provides need based college scholarships to Connecticut residents attending Connecticut State or nonprofit institutions to degree-seeking students demonstrating need while maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Awards range from $500 - $3,000 per student per academic year. CHESLA publishes available scholarships at www.CHESLA.org

Institutional Grants

Institutional grants are awarded to students each academic year on the basis of need. Need based Institutional Grants are based on the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated on the Institutional Student Information Records (ISIR). The award amount is typically disbursed equally over two semesters. To qualify, the student must be registered for 6 or more credits per semester. The award amount is dependent upon the student’s enrollment status per semester. There is no formal application process. Students automatically apply by completing the FAFSA form and submitting all required documentation. Students will be notified of the grant amount through receipt of the Financial Aid Award Notice, which can be seen anytime using NetPartner.

Students may reapply each academic year by completing a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that if a student’s award package exceeds direct costs and results in a credit balance, Goodwin University reserves the right to reduce institutional funding.

Institutional Scholarships

President’s Scholarship

Awarded annually to graduates of Hartford-area high schools who apply to Goodwin University. Applicants must be in their senior year, have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and document 100 hours of community service. Five $2000 scholarships are available at each area high school. Students must apply by completing the scholarship application form and submitting it along with an application for admission to Goodwin University by August 1st following their senior year. Winners will be chosen by the individual high school guidance counselors. Recipients will be notified before the start of the fall semester.

Dean’s Scholarship

Awarded to continuing students enrolled in an undergraduate program after completing two (2) consecutive semesters for the prior financial aid award year in which a 4.0 GPA for both semesters is earned. There is no formal application process. Students completing at least 18 credits within those two (2) semesters will recieve a $2,000 award in the following semester. Students completing at least 12 credits during the two (2) semesters will receive a $1,000 award in the following semester. A student’s final semester grades will not be taken into consideration as the scholarship will not be awarded retroactively to the final semester completed.

Goodwin University Foundation Scholarships

Several privately-funded scholarships are awarded each year through the Goodwin University Foundation, thanks to the generous support of donors. Recipients are selected each semester by the Scholarship Committee through an application process.

Goodwin University Matching Scholarship Program

Whenever any enrolled student receives a scholarship from any nonprofit agency, service club, or similar private organization, Goodwin University will match the amount up to a maximum of $250 per semester. To apply for this scholarship, students are required to provide proof of the outside scholarship award to the Financial Aid Office prior to the registration date for classes. Acceptance will be noted on the Financial Aid Award Notice.

Goodwin University Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Scholarship is designed for Goodwin University students who have graduated from their program of study and continue at the University or return to Goodwin University to pursue another degree. The scholarship is directed to graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students who meet the initial eligibility requirements are awarded $1000, ($500 in each of the first two semesters) as long as the student is attending on at least a half-time basis. There is no special application process. The scholarship award will be noted on the Financial Aid Award Notice. The Alumni Scholarship is funded by Goodwin University.

RN to BSN Scholarship (Navigator’s Scholarship)

This scholarship is awarded to graduates of Goodwin’s Associate Degree in Nursing program who matriculate into the BS Nursing program. This scholarship requires a FAFSA completion and is awarded based on a pre-determined Expected Family Contribution (EFC) range and semester course load. Eligible students may receive up to a 55% scholarship to reduce their tuition cost per semester.

Departmental Scholars Initiative

Students who attend one of the selected programs below on either a three-quarter-time or full-time basis will receive a 30% reduction in tuition. To maintain the scholarship, students must have a cumulative grade-point-average (CGPA) of 3.0 at the end of each semester. Students whose CGPA drops below 3.0 but above 2.7 will lose one-half of the scholarship (15%). Students may regain eligibility if the CGPA criteria are met at the end of a future semester.

The programs eligible for this scholarship are:

  • AS and BS Business Administration
  • AS and BS Human Services
  • AS and BS Criminal Justice/Public Safety
  • AS and BS Environmental Studies
Medical Assisting Scholarship (Navigator’s Scholarship)

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program. This scholarship requires a FAFSA completion and is awarded based on a pre-determined Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students may receive up to 50% off their tuition.

Manufacturing Scholarship (Navigator’s Scholarship)

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Certificates in Manufacturing & Logistics, CNC Manufacturing & Technology, Mechatronics
  • AS in CNC Machining, Quality Management
  • BS Manufacturing Management

This scholarship requires a FAFSA completion and is awarded based on a predetermined Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students may receive up to 30% off of their tuition.

Welding Technology Scholarship (Navigator’s Scholarship)

This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the Welding Technology Program. 

This scholarship requires a completed FAFSA and is awarded based on a predetermined Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Welding Technology students may receieve up to 20% off of their tuition. 

Alternative Loan Programs

After exhausting all federal, state and institutional funding, students needing to borrow additional funds to offset the cost of their education may do so through the lender of their choice. Students must have satisfactory credit history and some lenders may require a co-signer. Goodwin University advises students to conduct research prior to selecting a lender by checking interest rates, lending requirements, and repayment options. Alternative loans are considered part of a student’s financial aid package and cannot exceed the cost of attendance budget. For assistance in researching alternative loans, please see the Financial Aid Office.

Additional Resources

  • Community Scholarships
  • Employer Tuition Reimbursement
  • Veteran’s Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program

Other Funding Sources

Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)/Workers Compensation Commission

This department provides direct and supportive funds for disabled students attending Goodwin University. Funds have been received through WIA offices in Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Enfield, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, Bristol, Willimantic, Waterbury, and others.

Connecticut Department of Labor

This entity provides funding for students under the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA).

Corporate Partnership Scholarship

Students who are employed at companies or are members of organizations that have entered into agreements with Goodwin University may be eligible for this scholarship. Student may receive up to 25% off of their tuition based on the agreement with the organization. The student must present a letter from the company or organization prior to the award being made.

AARP Discount

Student must provide proof of AARP membership to receive a 25% tuition reduction. Not permitted for Selective Admission programs.

Division of Workers Rehabilitation Services

This state agency provides funds for re-training for those individuals who were hurt on the job and can no longer perform that job due to accident or illness.

Job Connection, State Department of Social Services

This program has provided childcare and transportation funds for eligible students during enrollment at Goodwin University. Goodwin University meets the institutional definition of an Approved Provider under the Workforce Investment Act.

Regional Workforce Development Board

This entity provides funding under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA assists dislocated workers in funding their education through contracts and custom-made programs.

EdAssist Scholarship

Students who are employed at companies who are affiliated with EdAssist who has entered into an agreement with Goodwin University may be eligible for this scholarship. Student may receive up to 10% off of their tuition. The student must present a letter from the company or organization prior to the award being made and be submitted on the monthly EdAssist roster.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

In order to receive financial aid, students must meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • Be enrolled for 6 or more credits per semester for all Financial Aid other than Pell Grants; (Students may be enrolled for less than 6 credits and still be eligible for Pell Grants);
  • Demonstrate financial need for certain funds;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States or Trust Territories with a valid Social Security number;
  • Not be in default in the repayment of any educational loans or owe a refund on any Title IV grant program at any institution; and
  • Have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or State Authorized High School Equivalent certificate, have completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law, have completed secondary school education in a homeschool setting which qualifies for an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law if state law does not require a homeschooled student to receieve a credential for their education, or have completed one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives and are either currently enrolled in an eligible career pathway program or first enrolled in an eligible postsecondary program prior to July 1, 2012.

Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available on-line at www.studentaid.gov. Students must create an FSA ID This ID serves as the student’s electronic signature. The FAFSA serves as the application for all sources of financial assistance awarded by the University as well as all Title IV Programs. A financial aid counselor is available to assist each student in explaining the process of applying online.

Complete the FAFSA correctly and truthfully. There are severe penalties for falsifying information on a FAFSA including the potential for fines and imprisonment. The University is required to return Title IV aid to the Department of Education in these situations. The payments of tuition and fees incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

The total financial aid application process may take several weeks to complete. To facilitate their official registration into individual classes, applicants should make every effort to complete the process as outlined below in a timely fashion.

To be considered, all applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the process for admission into a degree or certificate program at Goodwin University.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Students whose FAFSAs are selected for verification must provide additional information to be verified prior to being awarded any financial aid. See your financial aid counselor for any questions you may have regarding additional supporting documentation.

Notification of Awards

Students are advised of award amounts in thier financial aid offer, which are provided online and also given to new students when processing is complete. These financial aid offers are based on information from the FAFSA application, which may be estimated and subject to change. Students are encouraged to view their financial aid offers for the current semester by accessing the Self Service website in Colleague. On the main page, access Financial Aid information, which will outline total charges and fift aid for the entire award year. To view College Financial Plan, please go to Financial Information, Financial Aid, College Financing Service in Self Service. Federal and state awards are not final until the information reported on the FAFSA application has been verified as accurate by the Financial Aid Office. The financial aid offer is for one academic year (2 semesters) and outlines the types and amounts of aid offered. Goodwin University uses passive acceptance processing (accepts all awards on your behalf). If you would like to decline or decrease your Federal student loan amounts, please do so through “My Awards” at the top of this page under Financial Aid. 

In order for your financial aid offer to be credited to your charges, you must review and sign your Financial Aid Offer Letter on the Self-Service website in Colleague.

The availability of funds from federal and state programs is subject to federal and state appropriations and to changes in federal and state legislation and regulations. When their financial circumstances change, students are expected to notify the Financial Aid Office so that adjustments on the award package can be made. When outside awards are received, the student is required to notify the Financial Aid Office to ensure that these awards are credited to the student and to the aid package where mandated by federal and state law. Students should direct any questions related to financial aid at Goodwin University to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office has extensive information on specific financial aid programs and federal and state regulations.

Before adding or dropping a course, transferring programs, withdrawing from a program or beginning a medical withdrawal, students should check with the Financial Aid Office regarding any financial charges or penalties involved.

Questions regarding procedure or awards should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, Goodwin University, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, Connecticut, 06118, (860) 727-6723.

International Students

International students are not eligible to receive any Federal or State aid to offset their tuition and fees.


Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

This Policy Applies to all Students

Federal Regulations (General Provision CFR 668.16 and 668.34) require Goodwin University to review the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) of students who apply for and/or receive Title IV financial aid. However, SAP is measured for all students. The sanctions described in this policy are both for federal financial aid and academic purposes. Generally, all periods of the student’s enrollment count when assessing Satisfactory Academic Progress, even periods in which the student did not receive financial aid. Please note: SAP evaluations cannot take place until final grades have been posted each semester. Therefore, any financial assistance awarded prior to the academic evaluation is subject to cancellation if the minimum SAP standards are not met.

All students must maintain SAP, achieve minimum academic standards, progress at a satisfactory rate toward program completion, and complete the program of study within the maximum time frame in order to remain enrolled at Goodwin. Additionally, students receiving federal financial aid must meet the SAP standards to remain eligible for their funding. SAP is determined by measuring the student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and the student’s rate of progress (PACE) towards completion at each evaluation point. Undergraduate students must complete all requirements for graduation within the maximum time frame and have a CGPA of 2.0 or higher.

Maximum Time Frame

Maximum time frame is defined as 150 percent of the length of an academic program, measured in semester hours attempted, as published in the Goodwin University catalog. For example, using the 150% maximum, students enrolled in a program that is 60 semester hours in length must complete the program with a CGPA of 2.0 by the time they have attempted 90 semester hours. Successful course completion standards at each evaluation point ensure that the student can successfully complete the program of study within the maximum time frame with a minimum of a 2.0 CGPA.

If at any point it becomes mathematically impossible for the student to complete his/her program within the 150% maximum timeframe, the student will become ineligible for federal financial aid. The student will be notified via Goodwin University email when reaching maximum timeframe and his/her ineligibility for additional federal financial aid.

Evaluation Points

A student’s academic progress toward meeting SAP requirements is evaluated at the end of each semester. The student’s cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and rate of completion (PACE) are reviewed to determine satisfactory academic progress. The student must meet all of the minimum standards to be considered in good standing.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) Requirements

Students must meet the minimum CGPA requirement as determined by the degree type (BS, AS, or Certificate) and the number of credits attempted at each evaluation point in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress. These requirements are:

Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Number of Credits Attempted Minimum CGPA
1-10 1.0
11-30 1.5
31-60 1.8
61 and above 2.0
Associate Degree Programs
Number of Credits Attempted Minimum CGPA
1-10 1.0
11-20 1.5
21-30 1.8
31 and above 2.0
Certificate Programs - 16 to 17 credits
Number of Credits Attempted Minimum CGPA
1 and above 2.0
Certificate Programs - 18 to 23 credits
Number of Credits Attempted Minimum CGPA
1-6 1.3
7-18 1.7
19 and above 2.0

Rate of Completion Requirements

Students must progress through their educational program at a pace that ensures they will complete the program within the maximum time frame. Therefore, in addition to the CGPA, a rate (or percentage of completion) is calculated and reviewed at the end of each semester. Rate of completion is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of semester credits the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of semester hours the student has attempted. The rate of completion requirements are:

Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Number of Credits Attempted: Pace
1-30 50%
31-60 60%
61-180 66.7%
Associate Degree Programs
Number of Credits Attempted: Pace
1-30 50%
31 and above 66.7%
Certificate Programs - 16 to 17 credits
Number of Credits Attempted: Pace
1 and above 66.7%
Certificate Programs - 18 to 23 credits
Number of Credits Attempted: Pace
1-6 50%
7-12 60%
13 and above 66.7%
Certificate Programs - 24 credits and above
Number of Credits Attempted: Pace
1-6 50%
7-18 60%
19 and above 66.7%

Financial Aid/Academic Warning

At the end of every semester, each student’s CGPA, rate of completion (PACE), and maximum time frame are reviewed to determine whether the student is meeting the above Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. Students who are not meeting the CGPA and/or PACE standards at the end of a semester will be placed on Financial Aid/Academic Warning for the next semester. Financial Aid/Academic Warning status is assigned to the student by the Academic Progress Coordinator without the need for any appeal or further action by the student. All students placed on Financial Aid/Academic Warning will be notified via Goodwin University e-mail before the start of the next semester. Students with a status of Financial Aid/Academic Warning are eligible to continue receiving federal financial aid funds for one semester.

At the end of the semester during which the student was on Financial Aid/Academic Warning status, the institution will evaluate the student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress to determine if the student is meeting the minimum standards of SAP. Students on a Financial Aid/Academic Warning who raise their CGPA and rate of completion at or above the minimum SAP standards will be returned to good standing. If the student does not meet the minimum SAP requirements at the time of evaluation, the student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid funds, unless the student successfully appeals the determination and is placed on Financial Aid/Academic Probation. Students not meeting SAP requirements will be notified via Goodwin University e-mail.

Appeal Process

Students who lose their eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds may appeal to the institution for reinstatement of eligibility. The student may also appeal for exceeding maximum time frame. A written appeal must be initiated by the student and sent to the Academic Progress Coordinator. The deadline for the appeal will be emailed to students via Goodwin University email. The appeal must be based on mitigating circumstances, such as the death of a relative, injury or illness of student or family member, or other special circumstances that prohibited the student from making SAP. The appeal must provide information regarding why the student failed to make SAP and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to meet the minimum SAP standards at the next evaluation point. Furthermore, the student must demonstrate that such circumstances will not continue to adversely impact their performance. The SAP Appeal Board will review and approve/deny all appeals.

If received in a timely fashion, all appeals will be responded to before the beginning of the next semester. Students will be notified of the outcome of their appeal via Goodwin University e-mail.

Financial Aid/Academic Probation and Academic Plans

If the University approves the appeal and determines that the student can meet SAP standards by the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be assigned the status of Financial Aid/Academic Probation and will have their eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds reinstated for one semester.

If the student will not be able to meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the probationary semester, even with all “A” grades, the student will be placed on an Academic Plan. The Academic Plan may recommend the student to fulfill specific terms and conditions such as a reduced course load or enrolling in specific tutoring or mentoring programs provided by the University. The student will be eligible to receive federal financial aid funds for the Academic Plan period as long as the University determines, at the end of each semester, that the student has met the requirements specified by the University in the Academic Plan for the student, and otherwise meets all federal financial aid eligibility requirements.

If the student does not meet SAP requirements at the end of the Financial Aid/Academic Probation, or if the student fails to meet their objectives under the Academic Plan, the student is no longer eligible to receive Federal financial aid funds.

How Developmental Courses Affect SAP

Based on testing, degree-seeking students may need to take developmental courses before enrolling in college-level English or math courses. These courses are considered part of the program of study, but carry no academic credit hours. For purposes of establishing enrollment status for federal financial aid eligibility, each developmental course equates to three credits.

Developmental courses may be repeated only once without departmental permission, and under no circumstance will a student be permitted to attempt a developmental course more than three times. Developmental courses may be eligible for federal financial aid; however, students are eligible for financial aid for only a maximum of 30 credits (10 attempted courses) as long as the student maintains SAP.

SAP is monitored on developmental courses; however, developmental courses are not included in the CGPA, the rate of completion, or maximum time frame calculations. The qualitative and quantitative SAP measurements for developmental courses are assessed separately by monitoring the student’s successful completion and grades in these courses.

Developmental courses are measured qualitatively by reviewing the successful completion of these courses after attempting four developmental courses. A student must receive a “C” or higher grade in a minimum of two courses. After attempting more than four developmental courses, a student must receive a “C” or higher grade in at least 50% of developmental courses attempted. If the student fails to meet this criterion, the student is considered not to be making SAP and will be placed on Financial Aid/Academic Warning for the next semester.

At the end of the semester during which the student was on Financial Aid/Academic Warning status, the institution will evaluate the student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress to determine if the student is meeting the minimum standards of SAP for developmental courses. Students on a Financial Aid/Academic Warning who meet the standard of receiving a “C” or higher in at least 50% of developmental courses attempted will be returned to good standing. If the student does not meet the requirement at the time of evaluation, the student is no longer eligible to receive federal financial aid funds, unless the student successfully appeals the determination and is placed on Financial Aid/Academic Probation. If the University approves the appeal and determines that the student can meet the 50% standard by the end of the subsequent semester, the student will be assigned the status of Financial Aid/Academic Probation and will have their eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds reinstated for one semester. If at the end of the semester that a student is on Financial Aid/Academic Probation for developmental courses the student fails to meet the 50% standard, the student will no longer be eligible to receive federal financial aid for developmental courses.

Developmental courses are evaluated quantitatively by limiting the number of developmental course repeats. At the point that the institution determines that a student cannot complete all required developmental courses within attempting 30 credits, the student will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid for developmental courses.

How Withdrawing from a Course Affects SAP

If a student withdraws from a course and receives a grade of “W”, the credits will count as credits attempted but not as credits earned in the rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations. The “W” grade will not be calculated in the CGPA. Withdrawing from a course can have an adverse effect on the student’s rate of completion (PACE) and maximum time frame calculations and may affect the student’s ability to meet SAP requirements.

How Incomplete Grades Affect SAP

“INC” grades always count as an “F” grade and as credits attempted and may adversely impact the student’s ability to meet SAP requirements. “INC” grades count as credits attempted but not as credits earned in the rate of completion maximum time frame calculations.

How Repeated Courses Affect SAP

Any repeated course that is designated as an “R”, whether repeated because of a failed grade or to receive a better grade, will be counted as credits attempted but not as credits earned for SAP calculations to determine rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations. Financial aid regulations permit students to repeat a course that has been passed (not an “F” grade) only once in order to earn a better grade. Any additional repeats of previously passed courses are not eligible for federal financial aid nor will they be used to calculate the student’s enrollment status for determining federal financial aid eligibility. When a course is repeated, the grade of the most recent repeat will be used for the purposes of calculating CGPA. The “old” grade will remain on the transcript and will be followed by an “R”. “R” grades are not used in calculating the CGPA. Repeating courses can have an adverse effect on the student’s rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations and may affect the student’s ability to meet SAP requirements.

How Medical Withdrawals Affects SAP

Students who are granted a Medical Withdrawal will receive a grade of “W” for all courses in progress. The credits will count as credits attempted, but not as credits earned in the rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations. Withdrawing from a course can have an adverse effect on the student’s rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations and may affect the student’s ability to meet SAP requirements.

How Transfer Credit Affects SAP

From Another Institution: All transfer credit that is accepted towards a student’s academic program or major will be counted as both credits attempted and credits earned for purposes of the rate of completion and maximum time frame calculations. Grades for these transfer courses are not used to calculate CGPA.

Internal Transfer (Change of Program): Every course a student takes at Goodwin University remains on the transcript and is used to calculate the CGPA. In general, all courses attempted at Goodwin will count as both credits attempted and credits earned for the SAP calculation. The only exception to this policy is for undergraduate students who transfer to a new program under the Second Chance Program (refer to that catalog section for more information).

This program is not considered academic amnesty, rather a way for students to transfer to a new program that is a better fit for their skills and interests. Undergraduate students with this type of program transfer will have their SAP calculated only for courses applicable to the new program of study.

Reinstatement of Eligibility

Once a student loses eligibility for federal financial aid funds, the student may continue to enroll in classes but will not receive any federal financial aid. Once a student meets the minimum SAP requirements the student may speak with the Academic Progress Coordinator for a reinstatement of eligibility to receive federal financial aid funds. The Academic Progress Coordinator will inform the Financial Aid Office of any students eligible for Financial Aid reinstatement.

Students may be reinstated for eligibility for federal financial aid and/or continue as a student as long as it is determined that the student can complete the program within the maximum time frame with a CGPA of a minimum of a 2.0.

Dismissal

At the point that the Academic Progress Coordinator determines that an undergraduate student cannot achieve the minimum 2.0 CGPA needed for graduation, the student will be dismissed from the University. At the point that it is determined that a student cannot complete the required credits needed for graduation, within the maximum time frame, the student will be dismissed unless (1) the student has submitted an appeal that is approved (2) is on Financial Aid/Academic Probation, and (3) is making progress towards graduation, according to their Academic Probation Plan. Students who are dismissed will be notified in writing by the Provost and Dean of Faculty.