Financial Aid Renewal Process

Emmanuel College makes every effort to offer you the same financial aid award in future years. However, the renewal of aid is contingent upon the following:

Need-Based Financial Aid

  • The FAFSA is submitted by February 15, the priority filing date.
  • Continued demonstration of financial need as determined in prior years.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)- See policy below
  • The same enrollment and housing status as the prior year.
  • The government/College's availability of funding.
  • Emmanuel funding is only offered for a maximum of eight semesters.

Merit-Based Scholarships

  • Continued full-time enrollment.
  • Merit-based scholarships can only be offered for a maximum of eight semesters.
  • Cumulative GPA requirements are met as indicated in the chart below:

Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirements

FundCumulative GPA 
Presidential Scholarship 3.3
Dean's Scholarship 3.0
Academic Achievement Scholarship 2.7
City of Boston Scholarship 2.0
Federal TEACH Grant 3.25

To renew merit scholarships, students must achieve the cumulative grade point average (GPA) listed above by their third full-time semester. Students who do not achieve the cumulative GPA by the end of their second semester, will be placed on merit probation for their third semester.

Students are still eligible to receive their merit scholarship during their probationary semester; however, if students do not receive the required cumulative GPA by the end of their probationary semester, they will not receive the scholarship for the following semesters.

If students become ineligible for their merit scholarships, there are alternative payment and financial resources available to help them. The Office of Student Financial Services is available to help students determine what options may be best for them. Additionally, the merit scholarship will be reinstated once the student notifies our office that they have achieved the required cumulative GPA.

We encourage students to take advantage of the many resources available to help them succeed at Emmanuel, such as Academic Advising and the Academic Resource Center (ARC). The ARC offers peer tutoring, study groups, writing, math and science assistance, disability support services, amongst other resources.

If you have questions regarding your merit scholarship eligibility please contact your counselor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

To continue receiving financial aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); that is, measurable progress toward the completion of a course of study according to the standards of Emmanuel College and the federal government.


Federal regulations require that Satisfactory SAP measures students’ academic progress using both quantitative and qualitative measures. SAP is reviewed annually.

Qualitatively, students must be maintaining a 2.0 (C) semester grade point average. If a student’s cumulative grade point average drops below 2.0 (C) any time after the end of the second academic year, they will be ineligible for financial aid.

Quantitatively, full-time students must successfully complete 67% of their attempted credits during each academic year. Students attending full-time have six years in which to complete a four-year program. To maintain SAP, a full-time student is expected to complete the following minimum number of credits each year:

Year Full-time Credits

  • 1st year: 21
  • 2nd year: 43
  • 3rd year: 64
  • 4th year: 85
  • 5th year: 107
  • 6th year: 128

Grades of failure, withdrawal, unofficial withdrawal, repeated classes and incomplete do not count toward completed credits.

Transfer credits count toward the completion of a student’s program as both credits attempted and credits completed.

Part-Time Students

Part-time students must successfully complete 67% of the number of attempted credits for each part-time semester, and maintain a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average after their second academic year.


At the end of each academic year, student records are reviewed by SFS to ensure students are maintaining SAP. Students who are not maintaining SAP are notified by mail and e-mail. If the student improves his or her academic standing by completing coursework or summer courses, and would like to be considered for financial aid, they must contact SFS to make this request.

Students are solely responsible for maintaining their academic progress; those who have not done so will be notified of their ineligibility for financial aid during the awarding process or when their academic progress drops below the required minimum.

Appeal Process

Students who are ineligible for financial aid due to not meeting SAP requirements may submit an appeal form and any supporting documentation to SFS if they had special circumstances that prevented them from achieving SAP requirements. The appeal letter must include why the student failed to achieve SAP and what has changed that will allow the student to achieve SAP.

If the SAP appeal is approved, the student will be placed on SAP financial aid probation. Students on SAP financial aid probation have one semester (or as specified under the academic plan) to reach the SAP requirements in order to remain eligible for financial aid. Students on SAP financial aid probation must work with their academic advisor to create an academic plan that details how the student will achieve SAP. Students who fail to adhere to the terms of their SAP financial aid probation are not eligible for aid. A letter is sent to all students who fail to comply with the terms of their probation.

Special Circumstances

Special consideration may be given to students admitted, or later identified, as physically handicapped or learning disabled.

Students returning to Emmanuel College with less than a 2.0 (C) cumulative grade point average after a suspension, dismissal or required leave of absence are placed on probation. It is the responsibility of the student to officially notify SFS of any changes to their academic standing. For example, credits transferred in from another institution need to be brought to the attention of SFS. Financial aid cannot be awarded until this official notification is received. Students who have been denied financial aid because they were not making SAP may again receive financial aid the semester after attaining SAP.

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