General Financial Aid Policies

General Financial Aid Policies

A more detailed discussion of these policies is found in the University Registrar's bulletins. These publications contain the official University statement on the specific policies outlined below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

For all students in an undergraduate program, Creighton University administers a time frame for checking satisfactory progress of not more than one academic year which includes Summer, Fall, and Spring terms regardless of the semester in which the student entered.

Creighton University's minimum academic progress requirements are as follows:

At the end of each spring semester, students must have a cumulative pass rate of at least 75 percent for all hours completed versus attempted and have a cumulative grade point average at least equal to the grade level requirement. The minimum GPA requirement is 1.75 for freshmen status and 2.0 for all other grade classifications. Failure to meet these standards will cause immediate termination from all Federal aid programs and University need-based aid programs.

Satisfactory progress will be monitored on a cumulative basis each year at the end of the Spring Semester. Grades of "F", "NP", "UN", incompletes, and withdrawals will not count as credits earned, but will count as credits attempted.

Baccalaureate Degree seeking students in Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing or College of Professional Studies may receive financial aid for a total of 170 credit hours attempted or until the degree is acquired, whichever comes first. Students in College of Professional Studies seeking an Associate Degree may receive financial aid for a total of 85 credit hours attempted or until the Associate Degree is obtained, whichever comes first. Eligible students in College of Professional Studies seeking a certificate may receive financial aid for a total of 50 credit hours attempted or the course work required to complete the academic program, whichever comes first.



Pass Rate


1.75 (1st year)
2.00 (all others)









64% (1st year)
65% (all others)





Health Professions



Refund Policy

The University publishes a calendar each academic year that shows the types and percentages of direct charges which are refundable should a student withdraw during a term. If the withdrawing student received federal student aid, the University follows the guidelines of the U.S. Dept/Educ. on repaying Title IV aid. This is a proportional calculation based on time enrolled during a semester, type of aid received and direct costs. Any student withdrawing from the University impacted by this policy receives a worksheet outlining the steps and the resulting calculation.

Quality Assurance Program

Creighton is one of several universities participating in this on-going study of ways to improve the application and delivery process of federal student aid. We may ask you to provide information so we can evaluate procedures at the federal and institutional level. With your help, we can improve, streamline and retain confidence in the entire financial aid application process.

Academic Scholarship Renewal

If a student receives a scholarship, it is generally renewed by maintaining the required cumulative grade point average associated with the scholarship and making normal academic progress toward a degree. Some scholarships are only for one year or term, and this is explained in the announcement letter. Some scholarship are based on financial need in addition to other criteria, and so the FAFSA needs to be completed each ensuing year to remain eligible for renewal.

Scholarship renewal is reviewed at the end of each spring term for the next academic year’s renewal. Students also receive a warning letter after the fall term if their grade average is below the required renewal level. Specific criteria for eligibility and renewal can be found in your scholarship announcement letter or in the University’s catalogs and bulletins.


For undergraduate students, we will ask that your parents provide the Financial Aid Office with documentation to support the data they entered on the FAFSA.  Parents are required to submit signed copies of their tax return, W-2 forms and a completed Creighton Aid Verification worksheet. If we ask for any supporting documents, please respond promptly. Offers of student aid cannot be finalized until verification has been completed.

Study Abroad

Generally speaking, students are allowed to use Federal funds when studying abroad. Every student participating in a Study Abroad program must complete a consortium agreement and submit program costs to the Financial Aid Office the semester prior to departure.

Students paying Creighton University tuition for Study Abroad programs are allowed to receive federal and Creighton institutional funds. The Global Engagement Office determines which programs qualify.

Special Circumstances Requests/Reviews Policy

Creighton University, as allowed by law, considers life changes that occur after the completion of the FAFSA. Special circumstances are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and the university is limited regarding the adjustments that can be made. The Financial Aid Office must have the results of a valid FAFSA prior to any review. If requested documentation is not attached or items are missing, the form may not be processed. As such, if clarification of your situation is necessary, we may request additional information or documentation beyond the requested items below.

If you estimate that your 2016 income will be less than your 2015 income reported on the FAFSA due to

  • loss of employment
  • separation/divorce
  • reduction in work hours/pay, (not including overtime or bonuses)
  • extraordinary medical/dental expenses not reimbursed by insurance
  • loss of income/benefits, etc.
  • inflated income due to withdrawal of funds to pay for education

then please provide the following:

  • A separate page explaining the reduction/difference in income
  • A completed Estimated Yearly Income Form
  • Applicable third-party documentation supporting the claim (such as copy of final paystub, copy of letter from employer, copy of benefits package, unemployment information, separation agreement, etc.)
  • A copy of your 2015 federal tax return transcript
  • Copies of all 2015 W-2s
  • A copy of the Creighton Verification Worksheet

If you have younger children who are attending private elementary, middle/junior high, or high school and you are paying tuition for them, you may indicate the amount you are paying out-of-pocket on the Creighton Verification Worksheet. If additional documentation is required, we will ask you for it. Please do not include tuition you are paying for children attending college as that information is reflected on the FAFSA in the household size and number in college section.

Please note that it is our policy not to consider a reduction in overtime pay, commission, bonuses, or onetime winnings. We also do not review income from those who are self-employed due to lack of official income documents that are able to be provided (paystubs).

Special circumstances will not be reviewed until all required documentation has been provided.


Creighton's policy relating to the confidentiality of student records is in keeping with the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information about students or former students will not be released without the consent of the student other than in the exceptions stated in the Federal Act. FERPA affords students with certain rights with respect to their educational records. You can also view FERPA information in the CU Student Handbook.

We understand that many of our students' parents are the responsible party for paying the tuition, but please help us to explain to them that due to the Federal Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) we cannot provide financial or billing detail to them without your express permission. Please go to your NEST web and follow the link to authorize your parents or others to view your information about financial aid, your bill and your grades.

NASFAA Code of Conduct

Please visit the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) site to review the Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Principles. All members of Creighton University's Financial Aid staff adhere to the NASFAA Code of Conduct and Ethical Principles.



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