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2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Financial Aid Programs and Policies


While the primary responsibility for financing a college education rests with the student and his or her family, Rockhurst University has designed a financial assistance program for students who would be unable to attend without such aid. Awards are also made in recognition of academic achievements and the particular talents or ability of the student applicant. The Director of Financial Aid is responsible for coordination of the total financial aid programs.

Financial assistance is awarded to supplement the family’s contribution when family funds are not sufficient to cover educational costs. The University attempts to meet a student’s established financial need through a combination of gift aid (scholarships and grants), and self-help (loans and employment). For new students, funding preference is given to full-time students who complete the application process by March 1 prior to the award year.

Determination of Need-Based Financial Aid Eligibility

Rockhurst University utilizes the need analysis information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to establish financial need. All students applying for financial aid based on need must complete the FAFSA need analysis form each year and designate Rockhurst University to receive the processed application. Need is determined by subtracting the family (student and parent) contribution as calculated on the FAFSA from the cost of education. The cost of education includes tuition and fees, room and board and allowances for books, transportation, personal expenses and loan fees. The student’s need will be met with grants, scholarships, loans or employment, either singly or in combination.

Eligibility for University Scholarships & Grants

The following assumptions apply to Rockhurst University scholarships and grant awards:

  1. Institutional aid awards are available to full-time students day only (enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester) who are in good academic standing. To qualify for federal aid, a student must be registered as at least a half-time student. Students must be degree seeking or certificate seeking. (Adjustments in aid resulting from enrollment changes will not be made past the first two weeks of school in conjunction with the university’s policy of charge adjustments.)
  2. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for institutional scholarships and grants.
  3. Scholarship amounts are locked in at the time of enrollment, subject to renewability criteria.
  4. Scholarship renewal is determined at the end of each academic year. Students enrolled in summer school have their renewal grade point average (GPA) commuted following the summer session. Scholarships can be renewed, but not lost
    because of summer school.
  5. Students applying for renewal of need-based aid must reapply each year by filing the FAFSA. 
  6. University funds are available for only four years or eight semesters, except nursing students who receive funding from Research College of Nursing during their junior and senior years, and students receiving athletic scholarships (maximum of 10 semesters). Transfer students will have aid eligibility determined by taking the eight semesters eligibility and subtracting the number of semester hours transferred from the prior school divided by 15. Transfer students will be advised individually regarding their remaining aid eligibility.
  7. Students who have previously attended Rockhurst University, and who are readmitted or return following a leave of absence, will be classified as a transfer student for the purpose of scholarship eligibility if they have earned more than 12 hours since their last term of attendance at Rockhurst University. Students who have earned 12 or fewer hours since their last term of attendance re-enter under the criteria of any academic scholarship that they previously received, subject to available funding.
  8. The maximum gift aid award will not exceed the total tuition (12-18 hours), room and board for students receiving need-based financial assistance, residing on campus. Federal, state and other rules (such as athletic conference) may also apply. For all other students, the maximum gift aid award will not exceed tuition and fees (12-18 hours). Any combination of college grants and scholarships will not exceed tuition. Refer to the Residence Life section in this catalog and “Room and Board Plans” on the Rockhurst University website, www.rockhurst.edu for additional information.
  9. Federal Stafford loan eligibility is established by filing the FAFSA each year. Loan amounts are determined by class standing at the time of initial enrollment.
    Dependent Independent (or dependent with denial of PLUS
  a. 0-29 hours earned $5,500 $9,500 ($3.500 max. in sub.)
  b. 30-59 hours earned $6,500 $10,500 ($4,500 max. in sub.)
  c. 60+ hours earned $7,500 $12,500 ($5,500 max. in sub.)
  d. Graduate $20,500  
  1. The Financial Aid Office is the only office at Rockhurst University authorized to offer financial aid to students. Only awards originating from this office will constitute a commitment on behalf of the university. Recommendations for scholarships can be made by faculty or staff, and these recommendations are considered before the award is sent.

Nursing Students

Freshman and sophomore nursing students apply to and receive financial assistance from Rockhurst University. Rockhurst scholarships do renew for the junior and senior years. Junior, senior and Research College of Nursing students apply to and receive financial assistance from Research College of Nursing. More information is available in the Research College of Nursing Catalog.

Coordination of Financial Aid

Any financial aid awarded is subject to review in light of assistance received from outside organizations or agencies. Funds received from outside sources that exceed the limits of gift and need based aid will be coordinated to first reduce the loans and/or work funds and then college/grant scholarships. Each award will be evaluated and adjustments made within university and program guidelines. Students will not receive a refund based on gift-aid only unless specified by the outside agency granting the award that creates the refund.

Financial Aid for Study in Off-Campus Programs

A student eligible to receive aid from Rockhurst University may continue to receive aid, if eligible, for approved off-campus study, such as internship. The students must be enrolled for credit at Rockhurst University in order to receive assistance. In no case will aid be greater than aid awarded for equivalent on-campus course credit.

Scholarship & Award Guidelines And Satisfactory Academic Progress Criteria

The following guidelines apply to Rockhurst University’s Achievement, Academic, Dean’s, Chancellor’s, Trustees, and Finucane.  All guidelines apply to each scholarship or award unless specifically stated otherwise.

  1. Terms of Enrollment:  Each scholarship will be distributed in equal amounts for the Fall and Spring terms.  These scholarships may not be applied to summer terms.  Each scholarship is renewable for up to four consecutive years of full-time enrollment (based on completion of your first bachelor’s degree)
  2. Enrollment Status:  Recipients of these scholarships must be enrolled full-time (carrying at least 12 hours per term)
  3. Grade Point Average:  Students must maintain the following minimum cumulative grade point average at the end of each academic year to be eligible for renewal.


Renewal GPA



Renewal GPA

Achievement Scholarship



Founders’ Scholarship


Annual/Endowed Scholarship



Ignatius of  Loyola Award


Chancellors’  Scholarship



Jesuit Opportunity Scholarship


Community Scholarship



NCAA Athletic Award


Dean’s  Scholarship



Phi Theta Kappa Org.


Director’s Scholarship 3.00   Tom D. Harmon Scholarship 3.40

Distinguished Scholarship



Trustee’s Scholarship


Dowling Scholarship



Presidential Scholarship               


Finucane  Service Award



Endeavor Scholarship


Greater KCCC Scholarship



Phi Theta Kappa Academic


Provincial Scholarship





  4. Special Conditions:

Trustee’s Scholarship recipients must reside on campus in campus housing, during the four consecutive years of enrollment to qualify and remain eligible for the Trustee’s Scholarship. (Based on completion of your first bachelors degree).

Finucane Service Award recipients must honor the minimum hours of service based on their service commitment.

This participation must be documented by the Center for Service Learning, contact:  

 Director, Center for Service Learning, phone (816) 501-4545

Campus Location: Van Ackeren Hall, 2nd floor, Room 208.

   5. Suspension and Appeal: 

Students failing to comply with these guidelines after the warning period will be notified of the suspension of their    scholarship(s).  All of the scholarships will be reinstated once the student is again in good standing according to these guidelines.       


Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

The US Department of Education requires students to maintain certain academic standards to obtain or retain eligibility for federally sponsored student aid programs.  In accordance with these standards Rockhurst University has established the following standards to measure a student’s academic progress.  These standards will be applied uniformly to all students when determining their eligibility for federal, state and university funding.


Maximum Attempted Enrollment Credit Hours Time Frame

The maximum attempted enrollment credit hours a student may enroll for to complete their university degree of study must not exceed 192 attempted enrollment credit hours for the completion of a 128 credit hour degree program.  For students who transfer into the university, the 192 attempted enrollment credit hours’ maximum includes attempted credit hours at other colleges/universities attended, if transfer credit hours were accepted by the university.  This means that you must complete 67% of what you attempt each semester. 


For academic programs requiring less than the 128 credit hours for degree completion, the maximum attempted enrollment credit hours for the program completion is 150% of required credit hours for the program.


Undergraduate Students Cumulative GPA Requirement

Students must also maintain a Rockhurst University cumulative GPA of a 2.0 in order to demonstrate SAP.  The cumulative GPA requirement applies to all federal, state and university aid.  Certain university scholarships do require higher than a 2.0 cumulative GPA and those requirements can be found in the Scholarship and Award Guidelines area. 


Monitoring SAP- Requirements for Federal Title IV/State Eligibility

At the end of each semester, the student’s academic record will be reviewed for Satisfactory Academic Progress.  If a student does not complete the 67% of what was attempted or have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, that student shall be put on academic progress warning.  The student will have one semester (this could mean the summer semester) to make up the deficiency.  If at the end of the warning semester the student does not make up the deficient hours or achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA, the student’s eligibility for Federal Title IV/state aid will be terminated immediately.  


Monitoring SAP-Requirements for University Scholarships/Awards

At the end of each academic year (spring enrollment period) the student’s record will be checked for SAP.  If we find that the student is not meeting the 2.0 GPA requirement or 67% completion of attempted hours requirement, the student will have two semesters to make up the deficiencies.  The summer counts as one of the semesters.  If at the end of the probationary period the deficiency has not been corrected, all university aid will be cancelled (it is more than likely that this will also cancel out your Federal & State aid as well).  Once the deficiencies have been met the aid will be fully reinstated for future semesters. 


Appeal Process for Students Terminated from Title IV aid

A student terminated from receiving Federal Title IV aid for failure to meet SAP requirements may appeal the termination.  Students may appeal for reinstatement based on mitigating circumstances, which are supported by documentation.  Appeals must be made in writing to the Director of Financial Aid, Massman #109 or by e-mail at financialaid@rockhurst.edu within 30 days of the notification letter.  After 30 days, no appeal will be considered.


Changing Majors, Repeat Coursework, Incompletes and Withdrawals, and Second Degree Coursework
In the case where a student changes degree programs, courses taken that do not contribute to the new degree program do not count toward the 150% requirement.

Any non-credit coursework, repeat coursework or coursework for which a grade of incomplete or withdrawn is given counts toward both the quantitative and qualitative measures for calculating SAP.

Any student pursuing a second-degree program is subject to both the 150% timeframe and the 2.00 cumulative GPA requirements.



The university will notify the student of any deficiencies by sending a letter to the permanent address on file.  Please ensure that your permanent mailing address is up to date, because a bad address does not negate the SAP rules.

Payment of Awards

In most cases, one-half of the aid award is applied to the student’s account for each semester. The billing statement from the university’s Business Office will reflect the student’s charges and financial aid. Earnings from campus employment are not credited toward that balance due, but are paid to the student as earned.

The university may terminate Federal Work Study employment at any time for failure to perform duties satisfactorily; the university is released from its obligation to find replacement employment. Work assignments terminated for this reason will not be replaced with any other form of financial aid funds. Termination of employment may jeopardize future campus employment opportunities, as the number of campus jobs available is limited.

Withdrawals and Refund

Students who withdraw prior to completion of a semester are subject to the University’s policy concerning withdrawals and refunds. See “Refund Policy ” in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog. To secure a refund, students must complete the withdrawal process prescribed by the university. See “Changing Enrollment ” in the Enrollment Policies section of this catalog. For students receiving financial aid, the refund will first be repaid to the Title IV programs, state grants and institutional funds in accordance with existing federal regulations and institutional policy in effect on the date of withdrawal with respect to the various types of aid. If any additional refund is appropriate, the funds will be repaid to the student. Under no circumstances will a refund of institutional dollars be made. It is possible that students who withdraw will still have an outstanding balance due to the university that must be paid.

Return of Title IV Aid

The federal student financial aid refund and repayment requirements do not apply to a student who withdraws from some classes, but continues to be enrolled in other classes; they only apply when the student (1) fails to attend classes for the period of enrollment for which he or she was charged, or (2) withdraws, drops out, takes an unapproved leave of absence, fails to return from an approved leave of absence, is expelled, or otherwise fails to complete the period of enrollment for which he or she is charged. These rules do not apply to students who have not received federal student financial aid funds for the enrollment period in question.


Refund is defined as the unearned amount of institutional charges that must be returned to the federal student financial aid accounts, other sources of aid, and the student, for a student who has received federal student financial aid and who has ceased to attend school. The earned aid is the difference between the amount paid towards institutional charges and the amount Rockhurst can retain.


Repayment is the unearned amount of a direct disbursement to a student, who has ceased attendance, which must be paid back.


If Rockhurst determines that a student received a disbursement of financial aid in excess of the living expenses that could have been reasonably incurred while still enrolled, then a portion of the disbursement was not earned and must be repaid by the student to the student financial aid programs.

Federal Work Study funds are never included in the refund, repayment, or overaward determination process.

Refund and repayment amounts must be distributed according to the specific priority prescribed in the law and regulations:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal PLUS Loan
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  7. Other Title IV Funds
  8. Other federal, state, private, or institutional sources of aid.
  9. The student

NOTE: If you owe a repayment, you will not be eligible to receive any federal financial aid at any school in the future until repayment has been made.

Repayments from student financial aid recipients must be distributed as follows:

  1. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  2. Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal PLUS Loan
  5. Federal Pell Grant
  6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  7. Other Title IV Funds

Funds returned to any student financial aid program may not exceed those received from that program.

Renewal and Adjustment of Aid

Financial aid must be renewed each year. In addition to specific requirements of the federal financial aid programs, students must apply each year by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or by notifying the Financial Aid Department that they do not intend to file the FAFSA. The aid processor makes Renewal FAFSA information available to all prior year applicants each year. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1, preferably when completed tax information for the preceding calendar year is available. Students should apply online at www.fafsa.gov.

Priority awarding consideration is given to all aid applications completed no later than March 1 of the year prior to fall enrollment. Students may apply for financial assistance anytime during the academic year. A completed financial aid file consists of a valid FAFSA need analysis and all required verification documentation, if selected. In addition, the student must also be registered for classes.

Each student must be able to document the information submitted on the need analysis (FAFSA) with income tax forms and/or other data required by the university or federal government prior to the receipt of Federal Title IV financial aid (Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Direct Stafford Loan). Documentation requested must be provided to the Financial Aid Office prior to the end of the semester for which it is requested; any additional deadlines established by the U.S. Department of Education shall also apply. Failure to complete verification will result in the withdrawal of all need-based aid funds. Students whose application information must be corrected will be notified by the Financial Aid Office as to the corrections required.

Award adjustments may occur at any time during the year and result from such reasons as: adjustments to the financial need calculations due to a change in the family’s financial condition, errors by the family or university, additional funds available for award or reduction in funds from outside sources.

The Financial Aid Office will review a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) if the student and/or family experience a significant change in their financial circumstances. An increase in need will not necessarily result in an increase in the financial aid award. Such adjustments depend upon funds available at the time the request for review is made. Therefore, notification of change in financial circumstances should be made as soon as they occur.

Right to Appeal

All students have the right to appeal or reject any aid awarded by the university and to appeal any award decisions to the Financial Aid Committee. Appeal of the financial aid award must be submitted in writing to the Director of Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Committee will inform the student of their decision concerning the appeal within a reasonable time following its receipt. Send appeals to:

Director of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Office
Rockhurst University
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561

Federal and State Aid Programs

Federal Programs 

  • Federal Pell Grant: Awards may range up to $5,550 based on need and federal funding.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Awards are given to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need based on availability of federal funding. FAFSA must be received by March 1 of each year for consideration. Preference is given to full-time students.
  • Federal Work Study: Campus employment opportunities are provided for many students who work approximately 8-10 hours per week and earn minimum wage: limited availability. FAFSA must be received by March 1 of each year for consideration.
  • Federal Perkins Loan: Annual loans of up to $4,000 may be made based on need and availability of funding. Repayment begins 9 months after enrollment ceases at 5% interest. FAFSA must be received by March 1 of each year for consideration. Available to under graduate and graduate students. Funding is limited. Preference is given to full-time students.
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan (Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized): Low interest loans are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Students may qualify for either a subsidized Stafford Loan (interest does not accrue until after graduation) or an unsubsidized Stafford Loan (interest begins accruing immediately). The federal government, for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, retains an origination fee, deducted proportionately from each disbursement. Interest rates on these loans are variable based on the 91-day Treasury bill, but not higher than 8.25%. Interest rates are set July 1 for the upcoming school year. Loan amounts vary dependent upon class standing, the level of demonstrated financial need and previous loan history. Freshman, 0–29 hours, $3,500; Sophomore, 30–59 hours, $4,500; Junior/Senior, 60+ hours, $5,500; Graduate $20,500. A minimum of half-time status is required for eligibility.
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan: These loans are available to parents with good credit histories for educational costs for undergraduate students not met by other financial aid and are not need-based. The federal government retains an origination fee deducted proportionately from each disbursement. Repayment begins 60 days after the final disbursement; the interest rate is variable, capped by 9.0%. Interest rates are set July 1 for the upcoming school year. A FAFSA needs to be filed each year for the loan to be disbursed.

State Programs

  • Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship (Bright Flight): Annual award for Missouri undergraduate students scoring in the top 3% of Missouri high school students taking the ACT or SAT. Applications for Bright Flight are available from the high school guidance counselor. Scholarship renewable with full-time enrollment and cumulative GPA of 2.0. Application deadline is June 1.
  • Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship: $1,000 for Missouri undergraduate students who rank in the top 15% of their high school class and plan to major in teacher education are eligible. Applications are available from the high school or state. Not renewable. Application deadline is March 1.
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors: $1,500 for first-time freshmen who score in the 90th percentile on the ACT/SAT and rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Applications available from the high school. Students must be enrolled full time. Not renewable. Application deadline varies by state.
  • Missouri Marguerite-Ross Barnett Scholarship: Amount varies. Awarded to Missouri residents enrolled part-time who are employed and are compensated for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Applications are available from the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education, (314) 751-6635.
  • Access Missouri Grant: Amount varies. Awards are given to Missouri residents based on need. FAFSA must be received by April 1 of each year for awarding. Students must be enrolled full-time and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

University Aid Programs

  • Academic Scholarships: Academic scholarships ranging in value from $6,500 to full tuition are awarded on the basis of GPA, test scores, class rank and in some cases the student’s demonstration of leadership or outstanding community service. Academic scholarships are renewable based on specific GPA requirements for each. See the Financial Aid Office for current scholarships and corresponding deadlines.
  • Talent Scholarships: These are available in the areas of fine arts, forensics and athletics and awarded based on auditions, interviews and recommendations from the sponsoring talent area. Awards are renewable based on ability and participation as determined by the designated faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences and maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the end of each academic year.
  • College Grants: Grants that vary in value are available based on need or other specific criteria. Available Endowed Scholarships are funded by the interest earned on the University’s endowment accounts. Restrictions apply on these scholarships as specified by the donors.
  • College Employment: In addition to Federal Work Study, Rockhurst provides institutionally budgeted work opportunities on campus. Students in the campus employment program work approximately 8-10 hour per week and earn minimum wage; availability is limited.

Employment Opportunities

Career Services assists students and alumni in defining their talents and interests, identifying career goals and exploring career opportunities. Professional staff is available to meet one-on-one to refine the tools used during the application process and discuss students’ career search strategies.

Hiring for on-campus University Work-Study positions is coordinated by Career Services with eligibility for employment determined by the Financial Aid Office. Students who do not qualify for the University Work-Study Program can also seek local part-time positions through Career Services.

The Goppert Cooperative Education Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience within their field of study while getting paid and gaining academic credit. For more information, contact the Assistant Director of Career Services.

Important Information

The information contained in the Financial Aid section of the catalog is provided for information purposes only and is not a contract or an offer to contract. Rockhurst University reserves the right to change the information or conditions contained herein without prior notice.