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Keeping Your Financial Aid|Student Financial Aid

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Student Financial Aid
Department 3335
1000 E University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2116
Fax: (307) 766-3800
Email: finaid@uwyo.edu

Keeping Your Financial Aid

To keep your financial aid each semester, there are different requirements for each program.  Here’s the information you need to know so you can be sure you don’t unexpectedly lose your financial aid. If you have questions, please clarify your situation with a counselor in the Office of Student Financial Aid.  It is your responsibility to understand the requirements for your specific awards.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

UW Academic Scholarships

Hathaway

John W. Hoyt Scholarship

John L. Kemmerer, Jr. Scholarship

PEAK Achievement Scholarship

Rocky Mountain Scholars

President Promise Scholarship

Trustees' Pride Scholarship

Trustees' Scholars Award

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

Wyoming Scholars Award


Federal Financial Aid Programs

  • Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, College Work Study, Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • Students must file the FAFSA annually to continue to meet federal eligibility guidelines.
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid programs, requires students to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards that are checked at end of each semester. Click here for a more in depth discussion of SAP requirements.
  • All students must meet the following requirements:
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA at UW (3.00 for graduate students).
  • Must complete and pass a minimum of 67% of coursework taken at UW and transfer credits accepted by the university.
  • Undergraduate students may not exceed 180 credits attempted in pursuit of a first undergraduate degree (220 credits are allowed for students seeking multiple majors/degrees).
  • Graduate students may not exceed 150% of the program limits.
  • Important - Transfer credits accepted by the university are included in the maximum hour limit.
  • Students not meeting the GPA and hours completed requirements after their first semester review are given a one-time one semester Warning period to resolve deficiencies.
  • After the Warning period, students continuing to not meet the requirements may appeal a SAP deficiency due to documented mitigating (out of the student’s control) circumstances.  However, approvals for continued eligibility are severely limited.
  • Students not meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements will receive no federal financial aid until they make up their academic deficiencies.

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UW Academic Scholarships

  • Most university scholarships require a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative UW GPA (2.5 for students admitted prior to the 2010 fall semester) and full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per term for resident students and 12 or more main campus credits per tem for non-residents). 
  • If lost, students may submit a written appeal based on documented mitigating circumstances.  These appeals are considered on an individual basis.
  • While many scholarships may be awarded for one or two semesters of eligibility, many of the university’s major scholarship programs (Trustee Scholars/Trustee's Pride,Wyoming Scholars/President’s Promise, Rocky Mountain Scholars/Peak Achievement, Hoyt,Alumni, etc.) are limited to eight semesters for students receiving the award as an entering freshman and four semesters for students entering as a transfer student.

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Hathaway Scholarships (WY high school graduates only)

  • Remedial coursework (900 level courses) are excluded from FT/PT award status determination and from total credits earned review at end of each academic year.
  • Recipients must have continuous enrollment of two semesters per year (the summer session is excluded).
  • FT awardees (enrolled 12+ non-remedial credits per term) must complete and earn 24 non-remedial credits per academic year.
  • PT awardees (enrolled 6-11 non-remedial credits per term) must complete and earn 12 non-remedial credits per academic year.
  • Combination FT/PT (different each semester) must complete and earn 18 non-remedial credits per academic year.
  • Students at less than full time hours will have their eligible award pro-rated based on the number of credit hours enrolled.
  • Students enrolled for five or less hours per semester are not eligible.
  • All grant/scholarship aid a student is awarded is used in determining Hathaway Need Awards.
  • The Hathaway program cumulative GPA is determined from all Hathaway eligible coursework taken at any Hathaway eligible institution.  Be aware that this may differ from your university grade point average.
  • Honors and Performance level recipients must achieve a 2.50+ cumulative Hathaway GPA (checked at end of each spring semester) to continue at that level for the next semester (generally the following fall semester).
  • Honors and Performance level recipients achieving between a 2.25 – 2.49 cumulative GPA slip to an Opportunity level award the following semester. This will also result in the loss of the President Promise or the Trustees’ Pride awards. Should the student later achieve a 2.50+ cumulative GPA, and successfully complete the appropriate number of credit hours (either full or part time depending on what they were taking the last time Hathaway was active), they may then receive their original Honors or Performance level award the ensuing semester.
  • Opportunity level recipients must achieve a 2.25+ cumulative GPA (checked at the end of each spring semester) to continue at that level the next semester.
  • Students may appeal for reinstatement of their award for deficiencies in their grade point average, credit hour and/or continuous enrollment requirements if they can document mitigating circumstances (out of their control).
  • Eligibility is limited to the equivalent of eight full time semesters within a six year period upon receipt of a student’s first Hathaway award.  Appeals to this limit that are based on military service and religious service will be allowed for periods longer than the six year window of eligibility Also, students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree have a ten year window of eligibility.
  • Summer Hathaway awards are available to eligible students who are enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours.  The receipt of a summer award counts toward the recipients eight semester limit.
  • Students that have not used their full eight semesters of eligibility as an undergrad may use their remaining eligibility for graduate study as long as the enrollment falls within their six year window of eligibility.
  •  Receipt of an ‘F’ does NOT count as successful completion of a course for Hathaway and will count negatively toward your Hathaway GPA.
  • Students must initiate the Hathaway Scholarship award within 2 years of the semester following high school graduation.

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John W. Hoyt Scholarship

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA (2.5 UW cumulative GPA for students admitted prior to Fall 2010).
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium hours count as hours earned.
  • Study abroad students must be in an official study abroad course with a 4000 level course place holder for their scholarship to pay.
  • Students are eligible for 4 semesters of consecutive use.
  • Requirements to maintain this scholarship will be checked at the end of spring semester.
  • Once this scholarship is lost, it is permanently gone, meeting the requirements at a later date will not reinstate the scholarship.
  • Appeals are directed to Debra Reed, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a written statement along with supporting documentation describing the extenuating circumstance(s) that occurred during the time they did not meet the scholarship standards.

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Peak Achievement Scholarship

  • Students must maintain a 2.5 UW cumulative GPA.
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium or On-line Outreach courses do not fulfill the minimum 12 hour per semester requirement.
  • Students must be coded as non-residents or international students each semester to keep their award.
  • Peak scholarships may be “fulfilled” by other UW funded scholarships awarded.
  • Once Peak Scholarship has been activated, students have the following semesters of use:
    • Transfer - 4 semesters
    • Entering Freshman - 8 semesters

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John L. Kemmerer, Jr. Scholarship

  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 UW cumulative GPA
  • Maintain full-time status (enroll in at least 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester)
  • Be in good standing with the University of Wyoming
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Rocky Mountain Scholars

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium hours count as hours earned.
  • Study abroad students must be in an official study abroad course with a 4000 level course place holder for their scholarship to pay.
  • Students are eligible for 8 semesters of consecutive use.
  • Requirements to maintain this scholarship will be checked at the end of spring semester.
  • Once this scholarship is lost it is permanently gone, meeting the requirements at a later date will not reinstate the scholarship.
  • Appeals are directed to Debra Reed, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a written statement along with supporting documentation describing the extenuating circumstance(s) that occurred during the time they did not meet the scholarship standards.

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President's Promise Scholarship

  • Students must maintain a 2.5 UW cumulative GPA.
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
  • Once President's Promise Scholarship has been activated, students have the following semesters of use:
    • Transfer - 4 semesters used in concurrence with initial Hathaway eligibility
    • Entering Freshman - 8 semesters used in concurrence with initial Hathaway eligibility

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Trustees’ Pride Scholarship

  • Entering Freshman are considered for initial award.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 UW cumulative GPA
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
  • Students are eligible for 8 semesters of consecutive use, once the Trustees' Pride Scholarship is activated, used in concurrence with initial Hathaway eligibility.

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Trustees' Scholars Award

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium hours count as hours earned.
  • Study abroad students must be in an official study abroad course with a 4000 level course place holder for their scholarship to pay.
  • Students are eligible for 8 semesters of consecutive use.
  • Requirements to maintain this scholarship will be checked at the end of spring semester.
  • Once this scholarship is lost, it is permanently gone, meeting the requirements at a later date will not reinstate the scholarship.
  • Appeals are directed to Debra Reed, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a written statement along with supporting documentation describing the extenuating circumstance(s) that occurred during the time they did not meet the scholarship standards.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA (2.5 UW cumulative GPA for students admitted prior to Fall 2010).
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium hours count as hours earned.
  • Students are eligible for 8 semesters of consecutive use.
  • Requirements to maintain this scholarship will be checked at the end of spring semester.
  • Once this scholarship is lost, it is permanently gone, meeting the requirements at a later date will not reinstate the scholarship.
  • Appeals are directed to Debra Reed, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a written statement along with supporting documentation describing the extenuating circumstance(s) that occurred during the time they did not meet the scholarship standards.

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Wyoming Scholars Award

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA
  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, 9 hours of which must be UW hours, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year.
    • NOTE: Consortium hours count as hours earned.
  • Study abroad students must be in an official study abroad course with a 4000 level course place holder for their scholarship to pay.
  • Students are eligible for 8 semesters of consecutive use.
  • Requirements to maintain this scholarship will be checked at the end of spring semester.
  • Once this scholarship is lost, it is permanently gone, meeting the requirements at a later date will not reinstate the scholarship.
  • Appeals are directed to Debra Reed, Associate Director of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a written statement along with supporting documentation describing the extenuating circumstance(s) that occurred during the time they did not meet the scholarship standards.

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