In order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the course of study he or she is pursuing at Davidson College.
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress cannot receive Federal Grants, Work-Study, or Loans; North Carolina Student Incentive Grant, Contractual Grant, or Legislative Tuition Grant; or Davidson College scholarships, grants, or employment.
Satisfactory academic progress is reviewed annually prior to the beginning of each academic year. Because the definition of satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes parallels the definition of "good standing" as defined by the Faculty, a continuing student who is deemed to be in good academic standing also will meet the standards of academic progress for financial aid.
First-year students, all of whom are required to meet rigorous admission criteria, are presumed to be in good standing throughout their first year provided they carry at least a half-time course load. Satisfactory academic progress for these students is assessed at the end of their first year.
Financial Aid Continuation
In rare cases where a student may be allowed to continue at Davidson even though academic standards have not been met, financial aid may be offered on a probationary basis for one semester if mitigating circumstances so warrant. If standards of progress are not met at the end of that semester, financial aid eligibility is lost until the student regains good standing.
Need-based grant support is available for a maximum of eight semesters (pro-rated for transfer students). A student may not receive Federal Title IV assistance for more than twelve semesters.
Notification and Appeal
Written notice is given to all students whose financial aid eligibility is rescinded for lack of academic progress. Students may appeal such decisions by writing to the Director of Financial Aid. Appeals should include an explanation of why satisfactory progress was not maintained, reasons why financial aid should not be withheld, and supporting documentation from the Dean of Students and/or the College Registrar.
Reestablishment of Eligibility
After financial aid has been withdrawn for failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students may re-establish eligibility by improving their grade point averages. Approved classes may be taken at other institutions during summer sessions as well as the academic year. Students wishing to regain financial aid eligibility must be re-admitted to the College by the Executive Committee of the Faculty, and make proper application to the Financial Aid Office for reinstatement of their financial aid eligibility.