Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Financial aid recipients at Rush University must maintain minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for receipt of federal state, and most Rush University aid programs. Regulations require a maximum time frame for degree completion, a quantitative measurement (credit hours earned toward a degree), and a qualitative measurement (cumulative grade point average or acceptable pass/fail status). These criteria are checked at the start of each quarter, as well as at the end of each quarter, to determine whether students are maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Students denied financial assistance due to failure to make satisfactory academic progress may appeal to the director of their program. The director may request reinstatement of the student's satisfactory academic standing by providing to the Office of Student Financial Aid a written summary of the student's projected program and benchmarks by which progress will be measured. If approved, aid will be reinstated based on individual program eligibility.

Undergraduate Students

Time Frame Measurement
Students may take up to 150 percent of the time it normally takes to complete the programs. Undergraduate students attending full-time in the College of Nursing and the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences may have a maximum time frame of three years (nine quarters) to complete. Students in the Department of Perfusion Technology may have a maximum time frame of ten quarters to complete the program. The actual credit hour limits are established by each program. All attempted hours will apply towards the degree requirements and time frame limits.

Quantitative Measurement
Both the College of Nursing and the College of Health Sciences programs have specific course requirements that must be taken in a specific sequence. The program of study is listed in the appropriate section of this bulletin. Each college monitors the progress of their students in determining the meeting of satisfactory academic progress. Students who fail to meet the program requirements may be given a modified schedule or may be dismissed. Each college monitors the progress of its students and only those students making progress are allowed to receive aid.

Qualitative Measurement
Both the College of Nursing and the College of Health Science programs have specific minimum grade point averages that must be maintained to maintain satisfactory academic progress. The minimum grade point average is 2.0 for these programs. Each college monitors the progress of their students in determining the meeting of satisfactory academic progress. Students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average are placed on academic probation and have two quarters to bring the grade point average back to 2.0. See the Academic Resources and Policies section of this catalog for specific information on the treatment of repeated coursework and incompletes.

Appeals and Reinstatement
Students whose academic progress is not in compliance with these standards and those of their program are identified by their respective program. They are also advised of the necessary steps for them to meet the program requirements, and of the appeal process. Students that have their aid terminated for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress may appeal for financial aid eligibility based on extenuating circumstances (i.e. illness, death in the family, or other unusual circumstances beyond the student's control). Appeals are made to the Director of Student Financial Aid.

Graduate Students

Academic progress for graduate and professional students is monitored by the respective program. Consult the appropriate program section of the Rush University Catalog and review the academic policies for that program. Graduate and professional students will be given a maximum time frame of twice the program length for completion of their program. Quantitative and qualitative measurements for satisfactory academic progress are defined for each program for which continued receipt of financial aid is necessary. Students that have their aid terminated for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress may appeal for financial aid eligibility based on extenuating circumstances (i.e. illness, death in the family, or other unusual circumstances beyond the student's control). Appeals are made to the Director of Student Financial Aid.