Eligibility Requirements

Determine your Financial Aid eligibility by looking at the requirements below. For more information, you can use the official FAFSA website or contact the University of San Francisco’s One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services Office at 415-422-2020 or at http://www.usfca.edu/onestop.

In order to be eligible for most federal Financial Aid programs, you must:

  • Have financial need (except for some loan programs).
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate, or pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Meet other standards established by your state and approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) as a regular student working towards a degree or certificate in an eligible program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Make satisfactory academic progress. (For more information regarding SAP, please see below)


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Earning a grade of “B-” or better in each nursing course is essential in order to remain in good standing in the graduate nursing program. Students earn a letter grade in all theory courses. Nursing students may earn a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory in clinical courses. A satisfactory grade means that the student achieved the course objectives and has earned a grade of B- or higher. Per University policy, a grade of “incomplete” is awarded if an examination or required assignment has been postponed for a serious reason after consultation with the instructor. Students who have not contacted a faculty member regarding completion of course requirements are subject to a failing grade. Students given approval to postpone course requirements must complete them on the date specified by the faculty member. If the notation is still incomplete at the close of the following semester, it is converted to a failing grade (F). Students may be required to sign a Contract for Removal of Incomplete form and to meet the deadlines established in the contract, which is co-signed by the instructor. A student who fails to complete course requirements within the allotted time will receive an “F” and be required to repeat the course. All applicable registration processing and tuition and fee payments are required to repeat a course.

Any graduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation who fail to raise their cumulative grade point average to a 3.0 by the time they have completed the next six (6) semester units of graduate work are disqualified from the program.

Any graduate student who earns less than a “B-” in any graduate course must repeat and pass the course. If a student fails to earn a “B-” or “S” in a repeated course, they are disqualified from the program.

If a graduate student has 2 course failures, the student will be disqualified from the program.

Minimum Academic Requirements at Graduation
To be eligible for the conferment of a graduate degree, a student must attain at least a B (3.0) cumulative grade point average in all courses counted towards that degree.

Time Limitations for Degree Completion
The time limitation for completing all requirements for the master’s degree is 4 years. Time is counted from the beginning of a student’s graduate program, regardless of any leave of absence taken.

Half-time Student Status
For graduate students, 3 units is considered half-time and financial aid eligible.

  • Sign a statement of educational purpose and a certification statement indicating that you are not in default on a student loan nor owe an overpayment on a grant. (Both statements can be found on the FAFSA website.)
  • Register with the Selective Service System, if required.
  • Never have been convicted under a federal or state law of the sale or possession of illegal drugs. (A drug-related conviction does not necessarily make a student ineligible for aid. A student with a prior drug-related conviction must complete a worksheet to determine if the conviction affects aid eligibility.)





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