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Renew 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 contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.  It is your responsibility to understand the requirements for your specific awards.

Federal Financial Aid Programs

Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, College Work Study, 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  (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).

Students who receive Federal Financial Aid and were identified as all F’s the previous semester (and not calculated as Not Eligible for SAP through the regular SAP calculation) and Not Eligible for further Federal Financial Aid

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.

Hathaway Scholarships

To maintain eligibility to receive the Hathaway scholarship, students must qualify under the three Hathaway standards as follows:

GPA – after initiating the scholarship, students must maintain a minimum Hathaway GPA* of:

  • Honors level 2.50**

  • Performance level 2.50**

  • Opportunity 2.25

  • Provisional Opportunity 2.25

    **Students who fall below a 2.50 Hathaway GPA, but maintain a minimum of 2.25, are eligible to receive the Opportunity level until the GPA is increased to 2.50 or greater. Eligibility in SAP and continuous enrollment must also be met.

*The Hathaway GPA includes all courses taken at any Wyoming institution after the scholarship has been initiated, including deferred semesters, semesters used to regain the scholarships, and repeat courses. GPA is checked after each spring semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – after initiating the scholarship, students must successfully complete a certain number of credit hours each fall and spring semester to maintain eligibility. “Complete” in this context means they have received a “D” or higher grade. Courses in which the student receives an “F” or “W” are not factored into the completed credit hours; however, repeat courses will be factored into completed credit hours for the calculation.

  • A minimum of six (6) credit hours of 1000-level or higher courses must be completed each semester. Thereafter, SAP is calculated as follows:

    • Students enrolled as part-time must complete at least 12 credit hours per academic year (fall and spring).

    • Students enrolled as part- and full-time (one semester part-time status and one semester full-time status) must complete at least 18 credit hours per academic year (fall and spring).

    • Students enrolled as full-time must complete at least 24 credit hours per academic year (fall and spring).

    • For students enrolled in a consortium agreement, all courses taken and completed at each institution will be included in the calculation for SAP.

Continuous enrollment – after initiating the scholarship, students must be enrolled at a Wyoming community college or the University of Wyoming at least two semesters per year (fall and spring).

Loss of Hathaway
If a student does not meet eligibility as defined above, they will lose the Hathaway scholarship until they are able to reestablish their eligibility. Students will need to self-identify to Scholarships and Financial Aid when they believe their eligibility has been reestablished.

Students may appeal for reinstatement of their Hathaway scholarship if it is lost for any, or all, of the three Hathaway standards if they can document extraordinary circumstances.

UW Admissions Scholarships

Rocky Mountain Scholars, Trustees’ Scholars Award, UW Transfer Award, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Wyoming Scholars Award

  • Students must maintain a 3.0 UW cumulative GPA* (See Trustees' Scholars Award for additional requirements.)

  • Continuous enrollment of 12 hours each fall and spring, with successful completion of 24 credit hours each academic year. Enrollment during summer session(s) do not count towards GPA or hours completed.

  • Study abroad students must be in an official study abroad course with a 4000 level course place holder for their scholarship to pay.

  • Scholarships will be awarded for a maximum of eight (8) consecutive semesters of undergraduate use.

    • UW Transfer Award: Four (4) semesters of consecutive use.

  • Eligibility for the award will be reviewed at the end of every spring semester. If the scholarship is lost, it cannot be reinstated even if the requirements are met at a later date.

Trustees’ Scholars Award

  • *Students must maintain all requirements above in addition to:

    • A 3.25 UW cumulative GPA if you entered Fall 2018 or later.

Contact Us

Scholarships & Financial Aid

1000 E. University Ave

Dept. 3335

Laramie, WY 82071-3335

Phone: (307) 766-2116

Fax: (307) 766-3800


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