Seniors can apply for a fifth year of institutional financial aid during their fourth year of study at Wittenberg. Students must be in good academic standing, must meet the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid eligibility, and have an academic plan in place with their faculty advisor to graduate within the fifth year. Students must enroll full-time in order to use institutional financial aid for their fifth year of study. We realize that student-athletes may be able to enroll part-time during their final semester, so we will need information regarding that enrollment plan as well. Each student who submits the appeal must also file a FAFSA for the next academic year.
This is an appeal process, and appeals are approved on a case-by-case basis. The Office of Financial Aid will review the student’s academic record and remaining aid eligibility (federal and state) as a part of this review process. The outcome of the review will be communicated via email to the student.
- Send an email to Ms. Jamie Cason, Senior Financial Aid Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the body of the email, explain why you need a fifth year of study and your academic plan to graduate within the fifth year.
- Indicate the number of hours needed to graduate- (hours needed for each semester as well).
- Verify that you have also submitted your FAFSA prior to submitting the appeal for the next academic year. The next academic year FAFSA is available on October 1.
- Once received, Ms. Cason will work with the Director of Financial Aid to determine if additional financial aid eligibility exists and the student is meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
- Ms. Cason will also contact the Registrar’s Office to verify credits needed to meet graduation requirements and academic standing.
- Ms. Cason will send an email notification to the student after the review process is completed. The email notification will go to only Wittenberg University email accounts.
- Additional years of institutional aid eligibility beyond the fifth year will not be granted.
Policy Reviewed and Updated 03/31/2020