If you are interested in renewing your Top 10% Scholarship, you must do so by completing your renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) well before March 15th prior to the upcoming academic year. We must have a processed FAFSA on file by March 15th.
In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements for the Top 10% Scholarship, you must also meet the Top 10% Scholarship Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to maintain your eligibility. Failure to do so will result—according to state regulations—in your no longer being eligible to receive the Top 10% Scholarship.
Renewal Eligibility based on:
- Renewal Eligibility Requirements
|Renewal Eligibility Requirements|
|Cumulative GPA||Completion Rate||Max. Yrs.|
|Overall 3.25 GPA||75% of attempted hours (must complete at least 30 hours)||4 yrs.*|
*A student’s eligibility ends four years from the start of the semester in which the student received his/her first disbursement of an initial Top 10% award, or upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
To receive the Top 10% Scholarship, you must also have financial need (COA – EFC – Pell > $0), enroll full-time in the upcoming fall semester and maintain full-time status through the 12th class day.
To determine your completion rate for the Top 10% Scholarship, total the number of hours you completed during the evaluation period (i.e., fall and spring). Then divide that number by the total number of fall and spring hours for which you registered to determine if you meet the 75% completion rate. Keep the following in mind when calculating your completion rate.
Hours that count as attempted but not completed are:
- F or U
- PR (progress)
- W (withdrawal)
- I (incomplete)
- Repeats excluded from your GPA
Hours that count as attempted and completed are:
- A through D
- CR (credit)
- Repeats included in your GPA
Your Top 10% Scholarship Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each academic year (i.e., end of spring), regardless of whether you received financial aid for that period.
If you have become ineligible to receive a Top 10% Scholarship due to your not meeting the Top 10% Scholarship Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, you can file an appeal. The appeal must demonstrate a true hardship that you experienced during the period of poor academic performance. Examples of hardships include, but are not limited to, a severe illness or responsibility for the care of a sick, injured or needy person. You may also submit an appeal if you cannot enroll full-time due to a required student teaching or internship program. To appeal, you must submit a letter of explanation, as well as documentation of your hardship, to Financial Aid and Scholarships.
An appeal must be filed by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for the fall semester. The deadline to submit an appeal is September 15th of the fall semester in which the funds are being sought.