SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS FOR FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS
Federal financial aid regulations limit how long any student can continue to receive financial aid. In order to maintain eligibility for financial aid, each student must be making progress towards earning a degree. Students can lose eligibility for financial aid if they are not meeting academic standards for continued enrollment and/or if it is taking too long to earn a degree. Students who are not meeting the minimum standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress are notified of the loss of eligibility for further financial aid. Progress is measured once each academic year at the end of the second semester, and is measured in two ways:
- Grade Point Average (GPA) The academic standards against which performance is measured are outlined in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. If placed on probation, the student will continue to be eligible for financial aid. If placed under dismissal or suspension, the student will not be eligible for financial aid until readmitted to a University of Maine degree program; and
- Cumulative Degree Hours Earned. Students are expected to successfully complete sufficient credit hours during each semester in order to graduate within an acceptable time frame. Courses earned with a grade of D(or Pass) are considered “successfully completed”; repeatedly failing, dropping or leaving courses will eventually lead to loss of financial aid eligibility.
The University awards a number of scholarships made possible by the generosity of friends and alumni. These are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or academic achievement and/or the ability to meet certain requirements (such as academic major, hometown, etc.) as stipulated by the scholarship donor. Many scholarships are awarded by faculty committees and may or may not require a specific application. Other general scholarships are awarded based on financial need as determined by the aid application (FAFSA). A restricted scholarship listing and application form are available upon request from the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students may consult their dean’s office or department office for additional information concerning scholarships awarded through their college or department.
OFFICE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND VIOLENCE – See www.umaine.edu/osavp
This office strives to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence. Supports and assists students who are victims of sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking and sexual harassment. Oversee gender-related complaints and investigations.
The University of Maine supports the Greek system and maintains a current listing of sororities. Questions or information on sororities should be directed to the Division of Student Life, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs is located on the bottom floor of the Memorial Union and can be reached by calling (207) 581-4183.
Students with speech, language, or hearing disorders are encouraged to use the assessment and remedial services provided by the Conley Speech and Hearing Center in the Department of Communication Disorders. Any student who is concerned about differences in his or her speech, language, or hearing should contact the Center for an appointment at 581-2006.
SPORTS See ATHLETICS
STUDENT HANDBOOK – See http://www.umaine.edu/handbook/
STUDENT LIFE – See http://umaine.edu/studentlife/
STUDENT SERVICE CENTER – See http://www.umaine.edu/servicecenter/
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES – See http://www.umaine.edu/sss/
Students from all majors are encouraged to consider one of several study away programs to earn credit towards their University of Maine degree. There are many opportunities through Study Abroad, national and international internships, cooperative programs, visiting student, and various research programs. A student may study away at another institution for an academic year, a semester, summer, May term or other interim period.
The University of Maine supports a number of study abroad opportunities throughout the world. Several of these programs are direct one-to-one exchanges with universities in Canada, throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. English-speaking programs are available widely, even in countries where English is not the native language. There are many opportunities for language immersion programs in French, German, Russian, Spanish and other languages. Through our reciprocal student exchange programs, students pay tuition, fees, and sometimes room and board to the University of Maine at the current rate, as they would while enrolled at UMaine.
STUDENT WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER – See http://umaine.edu/aod/
This office offers a wide-range of services to support students’ physical, mental and personal wellness. We offer students support services, trainings, counseling and opportunities to get involved on campus.
The Student Wellness Resource Center, part of the Division of Student Life, provides prevention programming, training services, research support, consultation, assessment, and individual counseling services. These services are available to all students of the University community at no charge. All services are confidential.
Academic suspension indicates that a student is separated from the University for one semester. Return to the university is not guaranteed. The student must fill out an application for readmission. Suspension is the usual academic action when a student’s performance in a single semester is below satisfactory performance as determined by the college. Students under dismissal or suspension may not register within the University of Maine System and are not eligible for student financial aid. Students under dismissal or suspension who register at other institutions should be aware that credit so obtained will not ordinarily be accepted by the University of Maine if and when the student is readmitted; however, students may take a course or courses with the prior approval of the dean of the college from which they have been dismissed or suspended.