Application Process (Top)
To apply for federal financial aid:
1. Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
2. Review the Part-Time Graduate Financial Aid Application Instructions. This information may be accessed online at http://finaid.johnshopkins.edu/elecserv/PTPChecklist.pdf.
3. You must register for two courses before your aid can be determined.
For answers to many of your questions, please visit the FAQ's page.
*To see the most up-to-date information regarding your financial aid status and billing information, please log into your SIS account.
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Eligibility Criteria (Top)
- Student must be enrolled or accepted into a graduate program leading to a degree or certificate.
- Student must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen (see Citizenship Documentation below).
- Student must be enrolled at least half-time in two courses or six credits (not including audited courses) during the semesters in which they wish to borrow federal loan.
- Student must not be in default on a Federal Direct or Stafford Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, or owe a refund for a Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) at any institution. Students whose loans were dismissed because of bankruptcy are considered to be in default and are not eligible for federal aid.
- Students must be registered for Selective Service (male students 18 to 25 years).
- Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student who is concerned about his/her course record may examine it at any time in the Registrar's Office in Garland Hall. Academic departments and program committees will inform students of their standing twice a year. If you are placed on probation, the Office of Student Financial Services will be notified. You may be allowed to retain your financial aid on a probationary basis for one semester.
Citizenship Documentation (Top)
You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to apply for federal student financial aid. When an applicant completes the FAFSA, the processor matches the student's name, social security number, and date of birth with the Social Security Administration database (for U.S. citizens) and with the Department of Homeland Security database (for eligible non-citizens). If the match with either database confirms citizenship or permanent resident status, no further documentation is required. However, if the match does not confirm the student's status, the applicant will be required to provide documentation.
One of the following is required to document U.S. citizenship:
One of the following is required to document status as a U.S. permanent resident:
Satisfactory Academic Progress (Top)
What is satisfactory academic progress?
Students who receive Federal Student Financial Aid must, in accordance with federal, state, and institutional requirements, be in good standing and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward obtaining their degree or certificate. Under Federal Title IV law, a University’s SAP policy must meet certain minimum requirements, and be at least as strict as the University’s standards for good academic standing. This policy applies to students applying for financial aid for semesters/periods of enrollment that begin with the Fall 2012 semester.
The federal government requires an institution to use three measurements to determine SAP: qualitative (GPA/grades), quantitative (pace of completion), and maximum timeframe. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (or equivalent measure), maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of courses attempted, and complete a degree or certificate within the University’s published maximum timeframe. The standards used to evaluate academic progress are cumulative and, therefore must include all periods of the enrollment (even periods during which the student did not receive financial aid).
What is the Financial Aid SAP Policy for AAP & EP graduate students?
To be eligible to receive Federal Title IV financial aid, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward their academic objectives as follows:
Treatment of grades:
How does repeat coursework affect a student's SAP?
All repeated coursework will count in the qualitative (GPA) computation. Every repeat attempt will be included in the completion rate (quantitative) determination.
How does classes taken at another institution and transferred to our schools affect a student's SAP?
All coursework accepted for transfer to the student’s program of study by The Johns Hopkins University is taken into consideration in the quantitative measurement component of SAP as both attempted and earned coursework. Grades earned at other institutions are not counted in the qualitative measure.
How does a change of major impact a student's SAP evaluation?
For students who change majors within their degree program, only coursework attempted that is applicable to the new major is included in the quantitative measure of pace. All coursework is included in the qualitative measure as required under federal law.
How does remedial, preparatory and ESL coursework impact a student's SAP evaluation?
Grades earned for remedial coursework and ESL coursework are included in both the qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (completion rate) measure of SAP.
How often is a student's SAP reviewed and how are students notified?
Financial aid recipients are reviewed for SAP at the end of each traditional semester of enrollment (Fall, Spring, Summer). Student Financial Services will contact students (in writing) who do not meet the SAP standards and are placed either in a warning status or lose eligibility.
Financial Aid Warning Status:
Students who fail to meet the minimum standards will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the subsequent semester/period of enrollment. Students are still eligible for financial aid during the "Warning" semester.
Financial Aid Suspension - Losing Title IV Eligibility:
Students who, while on Financial Aid Warning, fail to achieve the minimum standards at the end of the following semester will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension status for subsequent semesters/periods of enrollment. No financial aid will be disbursed during subsequent semesters/periods of enrollment until the student regains financial aid eligibility.
Financial Aid Probation and Reinstatement of Aid After Financial Aid Suspended Status:
Reinstatement of financial aid after a student is placed in Financial Aid Suspended status is achieved in one of the following ways:
Students who are beyond the maximum timeframe to completion may regain financial aid eligibility on a semester-by-semester basis through the appeal process.
Students who wish to appeal must submit an appeal of Financial Aid Suspended status in writing to the financial aid office at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the next term. Students should follow the guidelines noted on the SAP Appeal Form, giving special attention to the Academic Plan. The committee will review the appeal and notify students (in writing) of the decision within 14 working days after the Appeals Committee meets and makes its determination. Appeals should include:
The committee will review the appeal and consult with either AAP or EP and other involved parties as warranted. Appeals will only be approved if the committee is in agreement that the student’s grounds for the appeal are reasonable, the student has a reasonable chance to succeed and graduate and an academic plan is in place. Students will receive written notification of the decision. All decisions on such appeals are final. Students who lose eligibility for financial aid due to not meeting the minimum SAP standards more than one time during their program may submit an appeal each time.
Students who lose eligibility and submit an appeal may be placed on an Academic Plan if the appeal is approved. The purpose of an academic plan is to support the student in bringing himself or herself back into compliance with the financial aid SAP standards by a specific point in time in order to ensure that the student will be able to successfully complete the degree or certificate program. The academic plan will be specifically tailored to the student and may include milestones and specific requirements such as specific courses or tutoring. Students on an academic plan are still responsible to meet the SAP requirements in the subsequent semester/period of enrollment, will lose eligibility if the SAP standards are not met, and need to go through the appeal process in order to regain eligibility. The student’s progress in the academic plan will be taken into account in any subsequent appeal process of financial aid eligibility.
Is financial aid probation the same as academic probation?
No. Financial aid recipients must meet the financial aid satisfactory academic progress standards, which are at least as strict as the schools' academic standards, in accordance with federal Title IV law.
Where can students get more information?
Contact the Financial Aid Office at 410-516-8028, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.