Keeping your Aid

Enrollment

The number of hours you take each semester can impact the amount of financial aid you receive.  

  • Many aid programs have minimum enrollment requirements to disburse each semester. ** Please note that as of the 2016/2017 aid year, most UNF institutional grants and Enrollment Services scholarships require enrollment in at least 15 degree-applicable credit hours for disbursement.  
  • Some financial aid programs may prorate based on the number of hours you take each term. If you enroll less than full-time, the program may disburse less than the full award amount.   
  • UNF defines half-time enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students as six degree-applicable credit hours per term (e.g. fall, spring or summer).      
  • Other aid programs may require you to attain a specified GPA or complete a specified number of credit hours each year.

To review the eligibility and renewal requirements for your specific financial aid awards read the UNF Financial Aid Guide.


Withdrawing

If you receive Federal Title IV financial aid and you withdraw or stop attending one or more of your classes, a portion of your aid may be returned (owed back). Read more about Withdrawals and Financial Aid or read the UNF Financial Aid Guide.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students must maintain specified grade point averages and proceed through their academic program at a pace leading to completion within a specified time frame, to qualify and remain eligible for assistance from federal financial aid programs. 

 

Effective December, 2016 this means that you must: 

  • Complete a minimum of 67% of the hours you attempt cumulatively (including withdrawal and transfer hours).
  • Achieve a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students (2.5 for College of Education and Human Services majors excluding Sports Management and ASL), 3.0 for Graduate students.
  • Complete your degree requirements within a maximum number of hours: 150% of the length of  your program (for most undergraduate students this is defined as 180 attempted hours).

Learn more about UNF’s Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines and appeal procedure or read the UNF Financial Aid Guide.

 

Read UNF's formal Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

 

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Loss of Eligibility Due to a Drug Conviction

Per 34 CFR 668.40, a student who is convicted of a state or federal offense involving the possession or sale of an illegal drug that occurred while the student was enrolled in school and receiving Title IV aid is not eligible for Title IV funds. An illegal drug is a controlled substance as defined by the Controlled Substance Act and does not include alcohol and tobacco.

 

A borrower's eligibility is based on the student's self-certification on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Convictions that are reversed, set aside or removed from the student's record, or a determination arising from a juvenile court proceeding do not affect eligibility and do not need to be reported by the student.

 

A student who is convicted of a drug-related offense that occurred while the student was enrolled in school and receiving Title IV aid loses Title IV eligibility as follows:

 

      Possession of Illegal Drugs      Sale of Illegal Drugs     
1st Offense      1 year from date of conviction      2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense      2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period from date of 2nd conviction
3+ Offenses Indefinite period from date of 3rd conviction  

 

*If convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period. 

Regaining Eligibility After a Drug Conviction

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program that includes passing two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will again make him/her ineligible.

 

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it, either after successfully completing a rehabilitation program (as described below, which includes passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program) or if a conviction is reversed, set aside or removed from a student's record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student's responsibility to certify with the financial aid office that he/she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program. 

Standards for a Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and satisfy a least one of the following requirements: 

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor