Receiving the Maximum - Continuing Eligibility

You can get up to eight semesters (four years) of APS aid to use within six years of high school graduation.

To continue to receive the scholarship, you need to:

  • file a new FAFSA by June 30 each year
  • continue to enroll in a sufficient number of credits or clock hours
  • meet annual satisfactory academic progress requirements

You must also continue to have unmet costs of attendance of $500 or more.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements
  • During your 1st year, earn:
    • 24 semester credits (12 for half-time students)
    • a 2.0+ cumulative GPA
  • During future years, earn:
    • 30 semester credits (15 for half-time students)
    • a 2.5+ cumulative GPA
  • As a graduate student, earn:
    • a 2.5+ cumulative GPA

You must also meet any satisfactory academic progress requirements of your postsecondary institution and program.


 How do you finish in 4 years? Minimize

Choose a major early 
The longer you are undecided the more it will cost. By taking general courses, you run the risk of wasting time and money. Every major has its own course requirements. Talk with your advisor about your options and choose a major as soon as possible.

Meet with an advisor regularly 
Stay on track with courses by meeting with an advisor every semester. 

Develop a plan and stick to it 
An advisor can help set up a four-year plan with the right classes for an on-time graduation. 

Attend classes and meet academic GPA requirements 
Attend classes regularly and maintain satisfactory academic progress. To continue receiving the APS you must complete 24 credits and maintain a 2.0 GPA during the first year, and 30 credits with a 2.5 GPA for all remaining years. 

Take at least 30 credits a year 
Although APS requirements allow you to take 24 credits the first year, for an on-time graduation, complete 30. Generally, a bachelor's degree is 120 credits, which, spread evenly across four years (eight semesters) is 15 credits a semester.

Get connected 
It is also important to meet friends and get involved. College can be fun and enjoyable and you should make the most of these years. Studies have shown that you are more likely to graduate when surrounded by people who are going through similar situations and struggles. Build a support system and have fun doing it.


 Why finish in 4 years?

APS is available for up to eight semesters (4 years) 
Regardless of the degree or program, APS runs out after eight semesters. Avoid unnecessary student loan debt and finish on time! 

Potential to be debt free 
The longer you are in school, the more it will cost. Without the APS you will no longer have the free money once offered. After exhausting your APS, additional semesters will be an expense to you that could have been avoided.  

Enter job market sooner 
Upon graduation you will move on to your career path, and can start making money rather than spending it. 

Enjoy higher earnings 
With a degree or certification you are eligible for higher paying jobs. 

Save on tuition and other related expenses 
You can leave behind the expense of tuition or other college-related costs such as books, supplies, and institutional fees.

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