Maintaining aid

Maintaining your financial aid

How your aid may be impacted

The amount of aid you receive may go up or down depending on a variety of factors, including the number of hours you’re enrolled in, whether or not you participate in your courses, and whether you are making satisfactory progress toward your degree. For example, if you drop a class and your cost of attendance goes down, your aid may go down to match it. If you add a class, it may go up. Similarly, if you do not participate in classes you receive aid for, or you do not meet standards for making progress toward your degree, your aid may be reduced or canceled. 

Watch video: Why did my financial aid change? 

Maintaining aid

Earn your aid

It’s important that you participate in classes to earn your financial aid. If you do not participate in the classes you’re enrolled in, your aid can be reduced or canceled altogether. You will need to show participation in your courses by the 21st day after the course start date. If your participation is not confirmed by the 21st day of class, your aid may be reduced or canceled, and you may be required to pay for charges without aid. For more information on earning your aid, and to learn which activities count as participation, visit here.

Maintain enrollment

Your cost of attendance and your awards are based on a number of factors, including the number of credit hours you are enrolled in for the term as well as your session enrollment. 

Watch video: How many credits do I need to be enrolled in to keep my financial aid?

*These are examples and may not reflect your actual costs and awards.

  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA      
Tuition $6,492 $6,492 $6,492
Fees $294 $294 $294
Books $500 $500 $500
Supplies $150 $150 $150
Room $1,682 $1,682 $3,364
Meals $812 $812 $1,623
Transportation $590 $590 $1,179
Personal $496 $496 $991
Total $11,016 $11,016 $14,593
Awards      
Pell $3,173 $3,173 $3,173
SEOG $500 $500 $500
University Grant $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Sub Loan $2,750 $2,750 $2,750
Unsub Loan $3,093 $3,093 $3,500
Total $11,016 $11,016 $11,423
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA total $11,016 $11,016 $14,593
Award total $11,016 $11,016 $11,423
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA      
Tuition $3,246 $3,246 $3,246
Fees $147 $147 $147
Books $250 $250 $250
Supplies $75 $75 $75
Room $1,682 $1,682 $3,364
Meals $812 $812 $1,623
Transportation $590 $590 $1,179
Personal $496 $496 $991
Total $7,298 $7,298 $10,875
Awards      
Pell $1,587 $1,587 $1,587
SEOG $250 $250 $250
University Grant $750 $750 $750
Sub Loan $2,750 $2,750 $2,750
Unsub Loan $1,961 $1,961 $3,500
Total $7,298 $7,298 $8,837
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA total $7,298 $7,298 $10,875
Award total $7,298 $7,298 $8,837
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA      
Tuition $4,887 $4,887 $4,887
Fees $104 $104 $104
Books $314 $314 $500
Supplies $213 $213 $150
Room $2,179 $2,179 $4,357
Meals $862 $862 $1,724
Transportation $795 $795 $1,590
Personal $907 $907 $1,814
Total $10,261 $10,261 $15,126
Awards      
Unsub Loan $10,250 $10,250 $10,250
Graduate PLUS Loan $11 $11 $4,876
Total $10,261 $10,261 $15,126
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA total $10,261 $10,261 $15,126
Award total $10,261 $10,261 $15,126
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA      
Tuition $3,258 $3,258 $3,258
Fees $57 $57 $57
Books $209 $209 $209
Supplies $142 $142 $142
Room $2,179 $2,179 $4,357
Meals $862 $862 $1,724
Transportation $795 $795 $1,590
Personal $907 $907 $1,814
Total $8,409 $8,409 $13,151
Awards      
Unsub Loan $8,409 $8,409 $10,250
Graduate PLUS Loan $0 $0 $2,901
Total $8,409 $8,409 $13,151
  A classes only B classes only A and B classes
COA total $8,409 $8,409 $13,151
Award total $8,409 $8,409 $13,151

Withdrawing as a financial aid recipient

If you don’t finish your classes as scheduled, your financial aid could be recalculated or canceled. Learn about the various ways your aid can be affected by not completing a class.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain eligible for federal financial aid, you must make satisfactory academic progress as a student, meaning you need to complete classes in a timely manner and earn grades high enough to demonstrate that you are successfully working toward your degree.

Watch video: What is SAP?

If you don’t meet SAP standards, your aid may be adjusted. Arizona State University measures satisfactory academic progress yearly after the spring semester using three metrics:

GPA standard

You must maintain a minimum ASU GPA according to the ASU Undergraduate Academic Standards, or the ASU Graduate Academic Standards. Students on academic disqualification are not eligible for financial aid.

Undergraduate student minimum cumulative GPA: 2.00

Graduate student minimum cumulative GPA: 3.00

Watch video: SAP GPA Standard

Pace rate standard

You must pass at least 67% of your total attempted ASU credit hours in your current degree program. You may need to consider reducing your course load in order to improve your cumulative pace rate. All courses must apply to your degree program.

Watch video: Pace rate standard

Maximum credit hour standard

You must not exceed the maximum attempted credit hour limit for your degree program. This standard applies to all programs, including minors, dual majors, concurrent degrees and prior degrees. All transfer credit hours accepted by ASU are included in this measurement. Audited courses are excluded from this measurement.

Watch video: Maximum credit hour standard

Your SAP status and how to appeal

Your SAP status is listed in the Finances tab of My ASU, in the Financial Aid and Scholarships box. Learn more about Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Frequently asked questions

Award adjustments are updated in My ASU every Monday through Friday, except for university-recognized holidays. Any changes you make to your enrollment that cause your aid to adjust will need to be made by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in order for you to see your award adjustment reflected in My ASU the following weekday.

Because financial aid can be impacted when you add or drop a class, it is important to make minimal changes after you register for classes — especially after the start of the semester. It is also important that you participate in the classes for which you receive financial aid. Failure to participate in your classes can result in a reduction or cancellation of your financial aid.

This is especially important if you enrolled in session B. Any changes to session B classes after the start of session A or at any time during the semester could impact your financial aid. Changes may require money already disbursed to you to be billed back, resulting in a charge on your account.

Work with your academic advisor to make sure you have a good plan at the beginning of session A for your registered courses throughout the semester.