Minimum Degree Hours
Certification of eligibility will be denied once the minimum hours required for a degree from CMU have been completed. Exceptions can be made, however, you must contact the OSFA Office of CMU as soon as possible for information about this procedure.
Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree — 124 credits
Requirements for a Master’s Degree — 30-36 credits
See “Graduate Degree Offerings” for the minimum credits re- quired for a specific degree.
Incomplete (I) grades must be removed and a regular grade received for that course(s) within one calendar year from the date of receipt. (I) grades are not counted in determining a student’s enrollment status for certification of eligibility for future enrollments. For a complete description of the Incomplete Grade Policy, refer to page 32.
Certification of eligibility by the university is prohibited for de- ferred grades (Z).
Certification of eligibility by the university is prohibited for audit grades (X).
No Credit Grades
Certification of eligibility by the university is prohibited for no credit grades.
A student may be certified for a repeat course only if the grade received was not accepted by the university as a passing grade or an improved grade is needed to comply with program require- ments.
All students receiving VA education benefits are required to maintain satisfactory progress according to published standards established and enforced by the University (see Financial Aid Policy on Satisfactory Progress). Central Michigan University’s Standards of Progress have been approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) and accepted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA).
Title 38, United States Code, Sections 1674 and 1724 requires that education assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons be discontinued when the student ceases to make satis- factory progress toward completion of his or her training objective. Accordingly, the OSFA will discontinue certification of enrollment and will inform the USDVA of a termination of benefits (due to un- satisfactory academic progress) for undergraduate and graduate students who are placed on financial aid suspension. The OSFA will not certify future enrollment until satisfactory academic prog- ress has been regained. Students have a right to appeal termina- tion of benefits. The USDVA determines whether or not payments will be terminated and the conditions for reinstatement.
Credit for Previous Training
Students receiving credit for previous training (transfer students) must provide the OSFA Office of CMU with an official transcript from all previous schools attended by the end of the first semester or enrollment period of attendance. Until this requirement is met, CMU will not certify eligibility for any future enrollment periods. The USDVA and the student will be notified of all previous credits approved that are applied to their program to reduce the current program training time.
Students receiving VA benefits at CMU must take courses that are in a degree granting curriculum.
Internships and Practica
Internships and Practica that meet USDVA definitions may be certified.
Payment of VA benefits for classes taken through off-campus programs differs from that of students taking classes on the main CMU campus. Whereas 12 credit hours of courses taken during a regularly scheduled semester on campus constitutes full-time enrollment and full-time payment, a veteran student taking those same courses through off-campus programs will receive payment only for those days of the month actually in class. Since class dates differ from the regular semester dates, a veteran student may not receive full-time status and full payment for those courses.
Veterans or beneficiaries should complete their program of study within the regular time frame for their degree. VA students who fail to complete their program of study within this time frame will cease to receive VA benefits. The 1.50% of additional time as established in the Pell Grants criteria will apply to them, if they are a Pell Grant or other federal aid recipient as established by the Title IV, and any other applicable regulations.
The above guidelines are strictly enforced. Each semester, an audit is conducted by the CMU OSFA Office to insure the student is following the required guidelines.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to the CMU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA), 202 War- riner Hall, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, and phone 989-774-3674.
CMU-Off Campus Scholarship Program
The application deadline for all CMU Off-Campus Programs Scholarships for the school year 2009-2010 is June 5, 2009. Announcement of recipients will be July 17. Additional informa- tion regarding each scholarship and the application form can be found at www.cel.cmich.edu/finances. Once there, click on Scholarships.
Scholarships for the upcoming school year include: The Bernard Landuyt Scholarship
For students pursuing a graduate degree through the Metro Detroit area.
The Blanche Connell Scholarship
For students pursuing a MSA degree with preference given to residents within the seven county area of S.E. Michigan.
The Off-Campus Programs Endowed Scholarship
For students pursuing any degree offered by Off-Campus Pro- grams. Single parents and students currently unemployed are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.
The Kathleen M. & Lawrence J. Oswald Endowed Scholar- ship
For students pursuing any Off Campus Programs degree who live in S.E. Michigan. Preference will be given to single parents.
The U.S. Armed Forces Scholarship
Military personnel who were severely injured while serving in combat or spouses of severely injured military personnel are encouraged to apply. Also, all former U.S. military that were honor- ably discharged within the past four years are eligible.
Times Two Alumni Award
Off-Campus Programs Alumni who are pursuing advanced de- grees or a certificate through Off-Campus Programs are encour- aged to apply for this award.
The William R. Gemma Endowed Scholarship
Graduate students pursuing a degree in one of three concen- trations: Health Services Administration, Public Administration or International Administration may apply.