Federal law requires that all students receiving financial assistance from Title IV and Title VII funds maintain satisfactory academic progress. PNWU policy follows the academic standards as stated in the student catalog.
A student failing to meet one or more of the standards of progress during the academic year may be placed on academic warning. While on academic warning, the student may receive financial aid for one enrollment period. At the end of that period, the student must be in good standing and may appeal to the Student Progress Committee for an academic probation, or financial aid eligibility will be denied.
A student must be in good academic standing at the end of the spring term of the second year in order to receive financial aid while on clinical rotation. Financial aid will be withheld until the student is in good standing. The Financial Aid Office will notify students who are ineligible for continued assistance and will provide them with information regarding their probationary status.
If a student has mitigating circumstances that directly contributed to the poor academic performance, they should submit a written justification to the Student Progress Committee.
The written justification addresses two major issues:
- Causative factors
- Remedies and solutions
There are two ways for a student to re-establish eligibility; summer remediation or repeating the academic year.
Upon recommendation of the Student Progress Committee, failures may be removed by passing a remediation course. The grade recorded from the remediated course in no case can be greater than seventy percent, and seventy percent will be used to determine the student's class ranking for the course in question.
Repeat Academic Year
The student may remediate by repeating an academic year in full. In this instance, the student must retake and pass all courses regardless of previous performance. Students who fail any course for which remediation was required in the previous year are subject to dismissal. Although all grades received at PNWU are recorded on the student's transcripts, only grades received in the repeated academic year are used for class ranking. Students repeating their first year and on academic probation are considered to be "admitted with conditions." Those conditions are that any failure of any subject would be grounds for dismissal and will be referred to the Student Progress Committee for recommendations.