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Maintain your eligibility while Dropping Classes

How dropping classes can affect your financial aid

You are required to successfully complete a minimum number of credits and make progress toward a degree to maintain eligibility for financial aid. This requirement is called SAP—Satisfactory Academic Progress.

If you are considering dropping classes after the start of the semester, please keep the following credit guidelines in mind.

Credits enrolled at beginning of semesterCredits that must be completed
12+ creditsMust complete at least 12 credits
9-11 creditsMust complete at least 9 credits
6-8 creditsMust complete at least 6 credits
5 or fewer creditsMust complete all credits

If you fail to meet SAP during any term, you will be placed on a one-term warning status or may have your aid denied. The following criteria is used to determine your status:

Warning status

Warning status occurs if you fail to complete the minimum number of hours required, based on your individual enrollment. You are allowed one warning term to complete the minimum credit hours that are needed in order to get back into compliance.

The minimum number of credits to complete based on enrolled credits is as follows:

Credits enrolled at beginning of semesterYou will receive a SAP warning if you complete
12+ credits 6–11 credits
11 credits 6–8 credits
10 credits5–8 credits
9 credits5–8 credits
8 credits4–5 credits
6 credits4–5 credits
3–5 credits

Denial of financial aid funds

Denial of your financial aid funds will occur if you fail to complete the minimum number of hours required during a warning term or if you fail to complete at least 50% of the minimum number of hours required based on individual enrollment. If you are attempting 5 or less credits, you will be in denial if you fail to complete ALL of these credits by the end of the term.

If you are placed in a denial status, you must successfully complete a SAP Appeal to continue receiving your aid.

Pace towards degree

In addition to completing the minimum credit hours, you must complete at least 67% of your overall attempted credits, which includes any additional credits transferred to WSU.

  • If you drop below the cumulative 67% completion rate, you will be placed on warning status. You will have one term to bring your completion rate above 67% before losing your aid eligibility.
  • If you remain below the cumulative 67% completion rate at the end of the warning term, you will be disqualified from receiving aid.

At any point you become disqualified to receive aid, you may regain eligibility by successfully appealing or completing a term on your own and in addition are no longer in disqualification status.