Evaluation

Indiana Tech will evaluate your progress at the end of each semester to determine whether you are meeting the guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). During evaluation, the following criteria will be reviewed: grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior); career grade point average (GPA); attempted credits and earned credit.  Even if you are not currently receiving federal aid, your eligibility will still be determined.

To achieve satisfactory academic progress, students at Indiana Tech must meet the following standards:

Credit pace

Earn at least 67 percent of the credits they attempt for each program level (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree). This calculation includes all accepted transfer credits as well as credits attempted at Indiana Tech.  Please also note that withdrawals (W) and incompletes (I) will count as attempted credits, but not completed credits for this calculation.

If you fail to meet this requirement, you will be put on financial aid warning for the rest of the next academic semester you attend.

  • You will be notified of your eligibility requirements via U.S. mail and/or email if you are placed on warning.
  • If you fail to correct your deficiency by the end of the warning period (one semester), your financial aid will be terminated.

Grade point average (GPA)

Undergraduate students in their first two semesters (freshmen) must have a minimum cumulative 1.5 GPA to remain in good standing with financial aid. After the first two semesters, undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Graduate students in their first two semesters must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA to remain in good standing with financial aid. After the first two semesters, graduate students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Please note that incompletes (I) will count as a 0.0 for the class until the class is completed.  This will be factored into your GPA upon calculation.

If you fail to meet this requirement, you will be put on financial aid warning for the rest of the next academic semester you attend.

  • You will be notified of your eligibility requirements via U.S. mail and/or email if you are placed on warning.
  • If you fail to correct your deficiency by the end of the warning period (one semester), your financial aid will be terminated.

Maximum time frame

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students may receive financial aid for up to 150% of the credits necessary for completion of their program of study.  If it is found that you do not have a realistic chance of meeting your graduation requirements by the time you have reached 125% of the credit hours needed for your program, your financial aid eligibility will be terminated.

If you change majors, you will be limited to financial aid for up to 150% of the number of credits required for the new program, including all previous credits attempted, regardless of major declared at the time.

An exception will be made for students transferring from a bachelor’s degree program to an associate degree.

  • You will be eligible to receive aid for up to 150% of the credits required in your degree audit under your new program starting with the semester that you changed programs (including prior credits that apply toward the new program).
  • This exception may only be made once.

If you choose to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, your eligibility will be determined based on the accepted credit hours towards your new program as well as the additional credit hours you take towards your additional degree.

Graduate students

Graduate students may receive aid for up to 150% of the credits needed to complete their first master’s degree.

After your first master’s degree has been completed, you are eligible for financial aid for up to an additional 150% of the credits needed for a second graduate degree.

Transfer students

Transfer students will be evaluated by adding their accepted transfer credits to attempted credits at Indiana Tech, thus allowing you to receive aid for the balance of the maximum length of your program. This requirement is evaluated early each semester. You will be notified when your financial aid eligibility is to be terminated. Please see below for a detailed definition of “attempted credits.”

If it is found that you do not have a realistic chance of meeting your graduation requirements by the time you have reached 125% of the credit hours needed for your program, your financial aid eligibility will be terminated.

Students pursuing a second degree

Students pursuing a second degree will be measured based on the amount of credit hours from their first degree accepted into their second degree.  For example, if 50 credit hours are accepted towards your second degree, they will count as attempted and earned credit hours for your current degree.  This leaves a smaller time frame for completion of your second degree as accepted progress has already been completed.  For a typical 120 credit hour degree, this would mean you would need 70 credits to complete your second degree and you must complete this within 130 credit hours attempted (150%).

Attempted credits

Attempted credits are defined as credits successfully completed, as well as those for which you received a non-passing grade (F), those from which you withdrew (W), and those which are not yet finished (I). Classes that are passed and repeated count as earned only once, but all credits, including the repeated class, are considered as attempted.

If your grade is later changed for any reason, a new calculation will take place in determining your future eligibility.

Remedial classes count in both attempted and earned calculations even though the credits may not apply toward the completion of your degree requirement.

Transfer credits accepted toward your degree program count as both attempted and earned credits.

Repeat Coursework

A student may receive aid when repeating a course that was previously failed (received a 0.0 or No Pass), regardless of the number of times the course was attempted and failed.  A student may receive aid (if electing to repeat a previously passed course) one additional time. Whether the repeated course is passed or failed, the student is no longer eligible to receive aid for that course.  If a student chooses to retake a course, and that course is not eligible for aid, the Financial Aid Office will recalculate the student’s aid to exclude the credits for the repeated course from eligibility.  This rule applies whether or not the student received aid for earlier enrollments in the course.

If a course is repeated, both courses will count towards the attempted and completed course.  The exception to this is if you are able to exchange a grade based on receiving a C- or lower.  If the previous grade is forgiven, both the credit hours attempted and those earned would be removed from the calculation.  Also, the previous grade would not be factored into your GPA as the previous grade is, in essence, forgiven.  For more details on this policy, please review the current academic handbook via the Registrar’s site.

Remedial Coursework

While remedial coursework is quite limited, Indiana Tech does offer limited classes that are preparatory for a college education.  These classes do have credit hours associated with them for enrollment purposes, but will not apply to your degree.  Since a student is able to receive financial aid for up to 30 credit hours of remedial aid, all other financial aid restrictions above apply.