Student Aid Programs Impacted by the Standard
Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans, and most University aid.
This standard does not apply to: tuition remission for dependents of Pitt employees, some outside scholarships, state student incentive grants (i.e. PHEAA State Grants); state agencies awarding state grants establish their own academic standards.
Grade Point Average
To remain in good standing, Pitt-Bradford requires that all students maintain a CUM GPA of at least 1.5 after the first academic year and a CUM GPA of 2.0 or higher after the second and subsequent years.
Progress is checked once per year after the spring term. The Financial Aid Office compares the student’s cumulative credits attempted against the cumulative credits completed. Students are expected to successfully complete all credits they enroll in for each term. Sometimes unexpected events occur which may cause the student to not complete a class or classes. Students must successfully complete 67% of their cumulative attempted credits. For example, a junior that has completed 54 of 81 cumulative credits would still be making progress as they’ve completed at least 67% of their attempted classwork. All credits for which a student is registered after the add/drop deadline each term will be included in attempted credits. Successfully completed credits are those in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, S, or P. Conversely, I, G, NC, F, or W grades will be counted as no credits.
Students must complete their degree within 150% of the published length of their program. For financial aid purposes, a student enrolled in a program leading to the bachelor’s degree must complete the 120 required credits (121 for radiological science) within a maximum of 180 credits taken. Likewise, a student enrolled in a program leading to an associate’s degree must complete the 60 required credits (69 for nursing) within a maximum of 90 credits taken. Pace of completion requirements are specified and aligned with maximum timeframe permitted. Pace = total credits completed divided by total credits attempted. Once a student reaches the maximum number of credits, the student will need to appeal and explain why he/she has exceeded 150% timeframe limit and what their plan for completion is. If an appeal is granted, federal financial aid will be based only on those credits a student needs to complete the current degree program.