Financial Aid

Financial Aid Handbook & Policies

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each term (Fall, Spring, and Summer) that you are enrolled at Western. You are required to meet the following standards in order to be eligible for financial aid for the next term:

  • Earn at least 67% of all the hours you attempt (Pace). This includes transfer, incomplete, and withdrawn hours.  See the Pace Chart for examples. 
  • Have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA at WIU.  Grades for transfer hours are not included.
  • Graduate before exceeding 150% of the hours required for your degree program.  See the Maximum Hours Chart for examples for an undergraduate degree, a graduate degree, or a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.  

See the complete Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy with information about the one time Warning term and the appeal process. 

To submit an appeal or review instructions, visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal  online - also review our suggestions to help you meet SAP requirements.

Note: Western's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy changed Fall 2011 in compliance with new federal regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011.

Students asked to complete a USA Funds Life Skills Lesson as part of their appeal must earn a score of 80% or higher to be considered for eligibility reinstatement.