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Maintaining Aid/Eligibility

Renewal Requirements for Academic Scholarships

Freshman Academic Scholarships and Transfer Academic Scholarship recipients must meet certain renewal requirements to maintain this award. Requirements are reviewed at the end of each spring term.

Freshman level students must successfully complete 24 TCU hours with at 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA to renew for the upcoming year. Sophomore and junior level students must successfully complete 24 TCU hours with at 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA to renew for the upcoming year.

All academic scholarships expire after 8 or 6 semesters, depending on student’s status as a freshman or transfer at the point of admission. Please refer to your scholarship letter (if applicable) for confirmation.


Academic Scholarship Appeal

If a student fails to meet the minimum standards above, they may file an appeal with the Scholarship Advisory Committee. Applications and instructions will be emailed to the student and will be posted here.  


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal law requires that institutions monitor the academic progress of students who receive federal financial aid. In order to remain eligible for federal, state and some institutional financial aid, students must comply with TCU’s standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All undergraduate students are evaluated at the end of the spring term. Exceptions apply if a student is on probation or an established aid academic plan.

All graduate students are subject to Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards defined by your college.

Appeals Procedure

If a student loses financial aid because of a failure to meet SAP, he/she may appeal this determination to the Academic Progress Appeals Committee (the committee). An appeal must be based on significant mitigating circumstances that seriously affected the student’s academic performance. Examples: serious illness or injury, death of a parent or sibling, and other similar situations. A student may only file one appeal for each mitigating circumstance.

  • If a student’s appeal is approved, he/she will be eligible for financial aid on a probationary status for one term. The student must meet SAP standards by the end of the probationary period to continue receiving financial aid.
  • Second appeals will only be reviewed for different extenuating circumstances from the first appeal approved.
  • In some cases the committee may require the creation of an established academic plan that outlines what a student must do in order to reinstate eligibility for aid. The committee will notify the student during the appeal process if an academic plan is required.
  • If a student has been readmitted to the university after an academic suspension, he/she must file an appeal for reinstatement of financial aid.

The Academic Progress Appeals Committee meets in June, August and January to review student appeals. Deadline for the appeals meetings are posted on the financial aid website. You will be notified of the committee’s decision within one week of the scheduled appeals meeting.