Additional Information and Policies

Enrollment Requirements

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must meet particular enrollment requirements. All students need to be enrolled at half-time status or more to receive financial aid. Half-time status is described as follows:

For undergraduate students: registered in at least 6 credits
For graduate students: registered in at least 5 credits

If your enrollment status drops below full-time, your financial aid package and charges on your account will change. Be sure to check in with your Financial Aid Officer and/or Student Account Representative to discuss any enrollment status changes you may be making and how that will affect your account. Full-time status is described as follows:

For undergraduate students: registered in at least 12 credits
For graduate students: registered in at least 9 credits

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The federal government requires institutions to monitor recipients of federal financial aid to ensure that they are meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. In order to meet SAP, students must satisfy each of the following requirements.

  • Meet the minimum, cumulative GPA 
    • 2.0 for undergraduates
    • 3.0 for graduates
  • Complete the minimum required percentage of credits attempted
    • 67% for undergraduates
    • 50% for graduates
  • Attempt no more than maximum allowed number of credits
    • 150% of the number of credits required to complete their program for undergraduates
    • The maximum number of credits outlined by the program for graduates

If a student fails to meet these requirements, they will be notified by Student Financial Services and informed of the next steps they can take in order to restore or secure their financial aid eligibility. 

Please note that SAP applies to federal, state, and institutional funding. It is not the same as an academic warning or probation. If the student still meets the program requirements necessary to remain enrolled, they may pay their costs out of pocket or borrow from a lender who does not require them to meet SAP.

Please review our full SAP policy for more detailed information on the requirements, frequency of review, resulting statuses, and potential for appeal.

Federal Student Aid Information Center

You can get information from the Center for free by calling: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). You can also write to the Federal Student Aid Information Center at the following address:

Federal Student Aid Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084

Study Abroad

Beginning Fall 2018, students enrolling in an approved semester abroad program may use their Simmons financial aid toward the cost of their study abroad. In order to ensure disbursement of this funding, students should complete the following tasks.

Study Abroad Checklist for Approved Semesters Abroad

  • Complete and submit all general financial aid application materials (FAFSA and requested documents) to Student Financial Services by the due date. If you have not applied for financial aid by the deadline and are interested in doing so, please contact Student Financial Services.
  • Apply to the study abroad program.
  • Apply for Simmons study abroad scholarships.
  • Make an appointment with your financial aid counselor to discuss the financial aid process for study abroad.
  • Prior to your bill due date with Simmons, apply for alternative loans, make a payment, or setup a payment plan to cover any remaining balance on your account, if necessary.
  • Pay your deposit to secure your spot in the program
  • Set up a power of attorney, if applicable, before going abroad. Submit a copy to Student Financial Services.
  • Confirm with Student Financial Services that your financial aid application is complete and all loan documentation, if applicable, has been signed.
  • Complete and submit the Simmons Enrollment Certification Form to your study abroad program/institution once you have arrived at your study abroad location. If you did not receive this form during your meeting with your aid officer, you can request a copy via email. This form confirms you are actively enrolled in the program and is needed in order to disburse your aid to your account. Once complete, it may be returned to our office via fax or email to sfs@simmons.edu.

If you have any questions or will be studying abroad through a faculty lead travel course please feel free to contact us by phone, in person, or by email at sfs@simmons.edu.