The U.S. Department of Education Student Financial Aid regulations require that NEIU establish and maintain a policy to measure whether students applying for financial aid are making satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. NEIU has implemented the following Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress standards necessary to evaluate a financial aid recipient’s continued eligibility for funds.

Types of Aid Covered by the Policy

Grants Loans Other
Federal Pell GrantFederal PerkinsFederal College Work-Study
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)Federal Direct Subsidized StaffordISAC Monetary Award
Federal TEACHFederal Direct Unsubsidized StaffordISAC Minority Teachers
ISAC National Guard Grant(ING)*Federal Direct PLUSISAC Special Education Teacher
ISAC Veteran's Grant (IVG)* Federal Direct GRAD PLUS

Policy Statement

At the end of each semester students are expected to:

  • Complete successfully sixty-seven percent (67%) of the cumulative attempted hours
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or "C" as an undergraduate. Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or "B".

These requirements apply to part-time as well as full-time students for all semesters of enrollment within an award year, including those semesters for which no financial aid was granted. All undergraduate students who have attempted more than 180 hours and all graduate students who have attempted more than 54 hours will not receive further financial assistance unless they successfully complete an appeal process resulting in a reinstatement of their financial aid.  This includes developmental and transfer coursework.  Pursuant to 23 IL Adm Code 2730 and 2733 students receiving ONLY Illinois National Guard Grant Program OR Illinois Veteran Grant Program awards are exempt from pace & timeframe criteria.

Course Work Completion Rate

  1. A student must successfully complete at least 67% of the hours attempted each academic year. Hours attempted is defined as the hours a student is registered for by the 90% refund date as determined by Registration & Records (classes added after that date will also be included). Successfully completed is defined as the total number of hours in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D or P.
  2.  Withdrawals are handled in the following manner: withdrawal from course(s) must be completed before tuition is charged. Course(s) withdrawn after the 90% refund date will be included in hours attempted. Incomplete and repeat courses are also included in hours attempted.
  3. The standard of 67% will be monitored cumulatively at the end of each semester. If, at the end of the award year, a student is below the cumulative 67% standard, the student’s aid will be suspended. This includes terms in which the student is not receiving aid. Aid will be reinstated once the student has achieved the 67% cumulative completion rate.

Repeat Coursework

The new Program Integrity Federal Rules associated with the Minimum Standards of Academic Progress require institutions to evaluate the following prior to awarding Federal and State Assistance:

  • Students can repeat ‘unearned’ coursework as many times as necessary in order to ‘earn’ a grade for said coursework (e.g. letter ‘D’ grade or higher)
  • Students can repeat ‘earned’ coursework ONCE in order to ‘earn’ a better grade for said coursework (e.g. earning a ‘D’ the first attempt and an ‘A’ the second attempt)
  • Students cannot repeat ‘earned’ coursework more than ONCE

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

  1. The student’s cumulative GPA will be evaluated at the end of every term.
  2. If the GPA falls below the requirement, the student’s aid will be suspended.
  3.  Aid will be reinstated once the student has achieved the requirement (2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduates and 3.0 cumulative for graduate).

Maximum Time Frame

Students are permitted to take up to 150% of the required credit hours to complete their academic program.

  1. Undergraduate students must complete their degree requirements within 180 semester hours (150% of 120 credit hours).
  2. Graduate students must complete their degree requirements within 54 semester hours. One exception is granted to the Masters in Counseling Program who must complete degree requirements within 60 semester hours.


Students will be notified at the end of each term if they have been suspended from financial aid. Once a student is terminated, all future financial aid disbursements stop. Students can request to be reinstated through the appeal process. The financial aid office recommends that students keep track of their progress using the student portal. Financial aid advisors are available to discuss students’ financial aid situation.