Hello- I currently attend the University of Arizona as an undergrad. I receive full financial aid (Stafford and Pell) as an independent student. I had a rough first year back at school (I am in my mid 20s) and didn't quite make a high enough GPA, my cumulative is around 1.9 I believe. I had my financial aid suspended over the summer, but I appealed it, which was approved, so I guess I'm technically on a "probationary" semester. Basically, I was working too much and not able to keep up with my studies.
Due to U of A's high tuition even with in-state tuition, I have decided to transfer to a community college in Wyoming to finish up my Gen Eds and get my Associate's, as well as Wyoming residency, and then transfer to the University of Wyoming, with in-state tuition about 1/3 of what U of A's is.
My financial aid is currently being processed at the community college in Wyoming, (LCCC), but I had a couple of questions regarding my financial aid.
1- Will my financial aid "probation" status at U of A affect my ability to receive financial aid at LCCC in the Spring? I hate gen eds with a passion, and I don't think my GPA will be stellar this semester, but it should be at least a 2.0. As long as I at least make a 2.0 this semester, will I be okay in terms of a possible financial aid suspension or is it irrelevant since I am transferring schools? At a new school do you basically start with a clean slate in terms of federal financial aid?
Also, a an edit for more detail- I just found the email regarding my appeal approval over the summer and this is what it says:
Your appeal has been approved and you have been placed on Probation 1. Students are monitored every term (fall/spring/summer) for improvement and/or adherence to the SAP Standards. If you fail to meet SAP standards two more times, at any point during your career at the University of Arizona, your financial aid will be suspended. Suspension means that you are no longer eligible for federal or institutional financial aid.
So my understanding is even if my GPA is barely 2.0 (I'm taking 15 units, all very writing intensive courses- Art History, Ancient Athenian Democracy, Intro to Women's Studies, Policy of Renewable Natural Resources and Economics) I won't face a financial aid suspension... that's my understanding anyway, so regardless of what happens this semester it will not affect my ability to receive aid at my new school, correct?