Student Financial Aid

Cynthia Parks, Financial Aid Director

119 C. V. Troup Administration Building
Phone: 478-825-6363
Fax: 478-825-6976

The primary purpose of the federal student financial aid programs at The Fort Valley State University is to provide monetary assistance to eligible admitted students who will benefit from post secondary education. Each student is assisted based on eligibility determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA application every year is April 15th.

Federal student aid programs are administered in conjunction with nationally established practices and philosophies of Title IV funds for education.

Fort Valley State University participates in all Federal Title IV Programs and administers several scholarships and loans. They are listed below (not all are applicable to graduate students):

  • Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Private Loan
  • James H. Porter Scholarship
  • FVSU Presidential Scholarship
  • Georgia Hope Scholarship

Funding for most of the federal aid programs is limited. Students with complete files, who meet the priority deadline, are the first to be considered when awarding these limited funds. For additional information on these and other scholarships, please visit the Financial Aid Scholarship information page at the University’s website at .

Awards are based on enrollment status. Graduate students enrolled less than half time (less than 5 hours) are not eligible to participate in the student loan programs. Awards are made based on full-time enrollment. Awards will be adjusted if students are not enrolled full time.

Students must also meet and maintain all program eligibility requirements, have established financial need, and be enrolled in a program that will award a degree. Additionally, aid recipients are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients


All students are expected to maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for student financial aid.  Any student who fails to meet these standards will be reviewed by the OSFA. A student receiving financial aid and placed on academic suspension will have his/her financial aid terminated. A financial aid applicant placed on financial aid suspension is not eligible for financial aid. Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be eligible for financial aid.


In addition to maintaining the specified grade point average, a student must complete his/her degree within a maximum time frame and successfully complete a minimum percentage (67%) of credit hours for the degree he/she is seeking each academic year.

1. The maximum time frame allowed is 150% of the number of semester hours required to earn the degree. For example, if you are pursuing a degree which requires 120 semester hours, you may not receive financial aid after you have attempted 180 hours.

[Other rules apply to transfer students.]

2. Students must successfully complete 67% of the courses for which he/she registers during the academic year. The grades of A,B, C or S count as the successful completion of a graduate course.

3. The grades of D, F, W,WP,WF, I, IP, or U, do not count as the successful completion of a graduate course.

4. At the end of each Spring Semester, those students who have not successfully completed 67% of their courses during the last three terms (Summer, Fall, Spring) will have their financial aid terminated effective the next semester.

[Other rules apply to transfer students.]

Financial Aid Suspension

  1. Students suspended from financial aid for not meeting satisfactory academic progress may appeal to the financial aid director. Appeals not submitted before the start of the semester may not be acted upon in time for enrollment in the current semester.
  2. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on financial aid probation until the end of that semester in which the appeal was granted.
  3. If the student is still not making progress at the end of the semester, will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
  4. Once a student has attempted 150% of credit hours required for his/her degree, the student is no longer eligible to receive Federal Title IV Financial Aid.

Monitoring of Satisfactory Progress

At the end of each spring semester, students not successfully completing 67 percent of their credit hours during the previous academic terms (summer, fall, spring) will receive a notice through Banner Web. Students who apply during the academic year will have their academic progress status checked before an award is made.

Summer Semester

Courses taken during a summer semester are treated as any other semester.

Repetition of Courses, Withdrawals and Incompletes

Students should be careful in repeating courses as all attempts at a course are counted in the maximum hours allowed to obtain a degree. Students are reminded that withdrawing from a course does not count as successful completion. Excessive incompletes can result in the termination of financial aid.


Any student wishing to appeal may do so by completing a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form. A brief explanation along with any supporting documentation must be provided. The OFSA may consider the death of an immediate family member, documented medical emergencies or other extenuating circumstance.