Additional Information

Unless previously negotiated, all aid awards are based on fulltime student status. Students carrying less than a fulltime load will have their aid reduced accordingly. It is the student's responsibility to make sure the application is complete and moving through the processing system. Funding levels and regulations are subject to change at any time per state or federal budgetary and legislative mandates. Students who withdraw, either officially or unofficially, may need to repay money to federal and state financial aid programs and will be required to pay any resulting balance due to the university. For additional information, visit For questions, call (608)785-8604 or email

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard

Federal law mandates that postsecondary institutions participating in Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid Programs, including student loans, have in place and monitor an academic progress policy. There are three components of the UW-L Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard for Financial Aid: grade point average (GPA), progress (credits attempted/ credits earned), and the 150% rule.

  1. Grade point average is monitored by the various academic deans at UW-L. The grade point average provisions of the academic progress policy are listed under retention standards. Failure to meet these conditions will result in the student being academically suspended from UW-L. The student will also lose eligibility for student financial aid including student loans. Notification of noncompliance with the GPA component and the appeal procedure for academic reinstatement are performed by the various academic deans. If an appeal is granted, eligibility for financial aid will be determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  2. Progress: All fulltime and part-time undergraduate and graduate students must complete and pass 70% of all credits registered for at UW-L. This will be monitored on an annual basis, September through August. Failure to comply with this component will result in the student's financial aid eligibility being suspended, including student loans.
  3. 150% rule: The federal government has established that an eligible undergraduate can receive Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid for credits attempted up to, but not exceeding, 150% of the published normal completion length of a student's program. Credits transferred to UW-L and all credits attempted at UW-L cannot exceed this figure. Credits attempted at UW-L and credits earned at UW-L will count regardless of whether the student received or did not receive financial aid, including student loans.

Credits Earned: The successful completion of a credit attempted is credit for which a grade of A, AB, B, BC, C, D, S, or P is received.

Withdrawal: Any withdrawal, whether official or unofficial, after the start of a grading period will count as credit attempted and credit not earned.

Incompletes will count as credit attempted and credit not earned until a passing grade has been recorded by the Records and Registration Office. It will be the responsibility of the student to notify the Financial Aid Office of any change in grade.

Repeated Credits will be counted as attempted credits as many times as the course is repeated. Examples: 1) A three-credit class is repeated and the second passed grade becomes the grade of record. The student has attempted six credits and has earned three credits; 2) the same scenario but the second grade is "F". The student has attempted six credits and has earned no credits.

Appeals: A student not meeting the yearly progress component or the 150% rule component of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard will be notified by the Financial Aid Office. A written appeal outlining the reason(s) for failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard will be required, as well as appropriate third-party documentation. If an appeal is approved, eligibility for financial aid will be determined by the Financial Aid Office.