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2013-2014 Academic Catalog: Financial Aid
Anne-Marie Caruso, Director
Student Service Center, Williston Hall, Room 101
Students whose financial resources are limited should not be deterred from seeking admission to Wentworth Institute of Technology. While the cost of attending college is rising, Wentworth is committed to offering support to those who qualify for assistance. We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. Wentworth Institute of Technology believes that the primary responsibility for meeting your cost of education rests with you and your family. Financial assistance is intended to supplement your own resources.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
Financial assistance decisions are made on the basis of financial need, satisfactory academic progress, and the availability of funds. In order to determine your financial need, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine eligibility. Wentworth’s priority filing date is May 1 for returning students; and March 1 for new students.
By completing the application requirements, you are applying for all need-based and merit-based financial aid offered by Wentworth. A separate application is required for some merit-based Wentworth scholarships. New students who meet Wentworth’s priority filing date can expect to receive a financial aid package in the months of March and April. Returning students who meet their priority filing date will receive a financial aid package in the months of May and June.
Federal regulations require further verification for thirty percent of all financial aid recipients. Students selected for further verification are contacted by their financial aid counselor with details on what documentation is required. All communications regarding financial assistance between the student and the Financial Aid office are made via Wentworth email.
Students enrolled for less than 12 credit hours per semester may be eligible for assistance from federal grant and loan programs. Please contact the Student Service Center for more details.
International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for a limited number of merit scholarships.
TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID
There are several federal programs available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled at least half-time in a degree program, making satisfactory academic progress, and not in default or owing a return repayment on a grant or loan. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but are eligible for a limited number of merit scholarships.
The following programs are available to eligible Wentworth students:
Direct Federal PLUS Loan
This is a federal loan that must be repaid. The parents of dependent undergraduate students are the borrowers. Parent loans are not based on financial need. A credit check is performed to determine the borrowers’ eligibility. A parent may borrow any amount up to the dependent student’s cost of attendance minus the student’s financial assistance. The Direct PLUS loan interest rate is fixed at 7.9%. The repayment period for the PLUS loan begins the day the loan is fully disbursed. The first payment of principle and interest is due within 60 days after the final loan disbursement. There is also an option to defer repayment until after the student leaves Wentworth.
Direct Student Loan Program
All Federal Stafford Loans are either subsidized (the government pays the interest while the student is in school) or unsubsidized (the student pays all the interest, although the payments can be deferred until after graduation). The interest rate on an unsubsidized loan is fixed at 6.8%. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates, withdraws or ceases to be enrolled on a half-time basis. To receive a subsidized Federal DirectLoan, the student must be able to demonstrate financial need. Students who are borrowing for the first time through the Direct Loan Program (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) must complete a Federal Stafford Master Promissory Note (MPN) online and complete an Entrance Interview in order to receive their Federal Stafford Loan funds at www.studentloans.gov
Federal Pell Grant
This is a federal grant that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility for this grant is determined by the federal government and is based on financial need. The grant amounts range from $555 to $5,550 yearly.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
A federal grant that does not have to be repaid, the amount of the award is based on financial need, and is determined by a financial formula.
Federal Work Study
This work program provides access to employment on Wentworth’s campus during the academic year and is awarded based on financial need. A student’s total allotment will be outlined on the award letter. A student will receive a bi-weekly pay check for the hours that the student actually works. Although the student is awarded federal work-study, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain a position on campus in the first three weeks of the first semester.
Perkins Loan Program
This is a federal low interest loan (5%) that must be repaid. Repayment is deferred until nine months after the student ceases to be at least a half-time student. All students who borrow through this loan program are required to complete a promissory note.
Veterans planning on enrolling full-time or part-time in credit courses (day, evening or Saturday) and who are eligible to receive benefits at Wentworth must work closely with the VA representative, who is located in the Student Service Center on the first floor of Williston Hall. The representative will provide the procedural details for receiving veteran’s benefits.
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree granting institutions in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to $5,000 of those expenses and VA will also contribute a portion of the tuition.
Many states, including Massachusetts, offer state scholarships which may be applied to your educational expenses at Wentworth. Contact your state scholarship office for information on application procedures and filing deadlines.
Arioch and President’s Scholarships
The Arioch and President’s Scholarships are awarded each year to a premier group of incoming students. These awards are granted to those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievements, and have actively involved themselves in both their school and extended community. The aim of these scholarships is to assist meritorious individuals in their study at Wentworth and to recognize in a tangible way the leadership potential which these students demonstrate.
Scholarships may be renewed and applied toward tuition as long as the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and is a full-time student. Arioch scholars must also live in Wentworth’s residence halls. (Please note for tax purposes that the Arioch Scholarship is a tuition scholarship.)
Visit Wentworth’s website for additional information.
Female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship
Wentworth offers two of these merit-based scholarships annually to deserving new female students.
In order to be considered for this scholarship, students must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a female student entering Wentworth as a newly enrolled fulltime student for the 2012-2013 academic year
- Be accepted into one of Wentworth’s seven STEM academic majors: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Computer Networking, Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5
All female STEM applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship, no additional application is necessary. This is a full-tuition scholarship after the applicant has applied for federal need-based aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The scholarship evaluation is determined by the Admissions Office and begins in mid-January. The scholarship may be renewed for up to five years, depending on the length of the recipient’s bachelor’s degree program.
This merit-based fellowship is awarded to graduate students upon admission to the Master’s degree in Architecture program. No separate application is required. Fellowships are applied toward tuition charges only. The fellowship cannot be combined with any past institutional scholarships received (such as Arioch, Merit Award and President’s scholarships) during undergraduate study.
Merit Award Scholarships
This scholarship is available to all new (freshman and transfer) applicants. Admitted students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship. No separate application is required. Eligibility is based on a combination of factors: SAT scores and grades. Students must maintain a 2.5 institutional cumulative GPA as determined by the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to retain eligibility for these scholarships in subsequent years and be enrolled full-time. If conditions are not met in any year, the scholarship is no longer renewable. Merit award scholarships are applied toward tuition charges.
Visit Wentworth’s website for information on scholarships.
Wentworth Community Scholarship
Applicants must have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the Wentworth community through involvement in social, administrative, charitable, and athletic activities while excelling in academics. Students who have completed four (4) semesters and earned 60 semester credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to apply for this $2,500 per year scholarship. Students need to reapply each year and be enrolled full time. Funds from this scholarship are applied toward tuition charges. Visit Wentworth’s website for information on scholarships.
The program is designed to give students access to employment that will help them meet living expenses such as books, supplies and transportation. To receive a WIT Works award, a student must file their FAFSA and demonstrate financial need according to federal guidelines. They must also be enrolled at least half-time in a degree program, maintain satisfactory academic progress and be either a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. WIT Work-Study follows all of the same guidelines and policies as Federal Work Study and is need-based.
Additional endowed scholarships are offered at Wentworth through the generosity of donors. Students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Wentworth Endowed Scholarship application to apply for these scholarships. The application is available in May and is due in August. Students are automatically considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Some scholarships have a separate application; information on these scholarships, including application information and deadlines, is posted on LConnect during the academic year.
George I. Alden Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by the George I. Alden Trust and Wentworth alumni for a student who demonstrates financial need, preferably enrolled in engineering and from Boston Tech high school or Metro-Worcester. Income from the fund is credited toward the tuition.
Samuel and Nancy Altschuler Scholarships in Electromechanical Engineering
Two annual scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded to third, fourth, or fifth-year students majoring in Electromechanical Engineering and Computer Science. Recipients must earn and maintain a 3.0 GPA. The application for this scholarship is available through the College of Engineering and Technology.
Walter C. and Constance E. Anderson Scholarship
Established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Walter and Constance Anderson. Mr. Anderson was chief financial officer at Wentworth for nearly 20 years and also served as president of Wentworth Technical Schools, Inc. The purpose of the scholarship is “unrestricted for needy or worthy students.” Preference is given to students enrolled from Plymouth County.
Charles F. Angell Memorial Scholarship
Mrs. Charles Angell and various staff and students of Wentworth Institute of Technology have established this scholarship in memory of former Professor Charles F. Angell. For a deserving student enrolled in one of the majors offered by the electronics department and recommended by the faculty of that department.
Appledore Engineering Inc. Scholarship
Established by Appledore Engineering, Inc. of Newmarket, New Hampshire to increase opportunities for young men and women in the fields of mathematics and science. Preference is given to engineering students.
George T. and Paulette M. Balich Scholarship
For part-time matriculated students in any of the undergraduate degree programs in the College of Professional and Continuing Education. Established to encourage students from Massachusetts cities with populations of 25,000 or more to enroll in the prescribed number of courses each semester as a part-time student and to successfully complete published degree requirements. Requirements: completion of supplemental CPCE scholarship application form to demonstrate financial need and academic promise; C (2.0) grade or higher in each course.
William A. Berry and Son, Inc. Scholarship
William A. Berry and Son, Inc. established this scholarship to support two students in their second or third year who have demonstrated their ability to succeed. Preference is given to women and minorities. Scholarships will be awarded to students who have maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, are majoring in Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology, or Construction Management, and are interested in pursuing a career in construction management. In addition to the financial award, recipients will have an opportunity to connect with the company for mentoring, co-op opportunities, and potential permanent employment.
Randall Clark Bean Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Randall Clark Bean, Class of 1975, by members of his family and friends. The scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students and is credited to the student’s tuition.
H. Russell Beatty Memorial Scholarship
Established by family, friends, and colleagues in memory of Dr. H. Russell Beatty, first President of Wentworth College of Technology, for students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and character. Awards are made to junior and senior students.
Ralph Christian Bohm Scholarship
Established through the generosity of Mr. Ralph Christian Bohm in 1972, this scholar-ship is awarded to a student of Protestant faith, demonstrating financial need, from Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Peabody, or Saugus, Massachusetts.
Bond Brothers Scholarship
The Edward A. Bond Foundation of Everett, MA established this endowed scholarship fund in 1999 to support students majoring in Civil Engineering.
Robert Bosch Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Wentworth Alumni Association for worthy and needy students. Funds for the award are obtained from the Alumni Association. The scholarship awards are credited to the student’s tuition.
Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of The American Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES/ASCE) Scholarship Fund
Awarded to a student enrolled in a major offered by the College of Engineering and Technology who is deserving based on scholastic excellence, extra-curricular activities, and financial need.
George and Maureen Chamillard Scholarship
Established by George (Class of ‘58) and his wife Maureen. This scholarship is given to students demonstrating a financial need.
Mark S. Charbonnier Scholarship Fund
A gift from the family of Mark S. Charbonnier, Class of 1985, matched by the Wentworth Alumni Association, established this endowed scholarship fund in his memory in 1999. After graduating from Wentworth, Mark Charbonnier became a Massachusetts State Trooper. He was killed in the line of duty in 1994. The Charbonnier Scholarship provides support for permanent Massachusetts residents who are close family relatives of active or retired law enforcement officers.
George C. Chryssis Scholarship Fund
Established by George C. Chryssis, EET ‘69, in appreciation of the opportunities a Wentworth education gave him. Mr. Chryssis is a prominent businessman, a Wentworth honorary degree recipient, and former vice president of executive affairs at the Institute. The Chryssis scholarship is awarded annually with preference given to a student of Greek descent.
Thomas J. Conroy Scholarship
Established by Amelia R. Conroy in memory of Thomas J. Conroy, AC ‘24 with preference given to students who demonstrate financial need and who are enrolled in the design or construction disciplines.
Harold and Helen Cox Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Harold L. Cox in memory of Harold L. Cox, SEPP ‘33, to provide scholarship assistance to graduates of Hanover (MA) High School. If no candidates from Hanover qualify, then students from Pembroke (MA) High School will be considered before students from other high schools. Candidates must provide evidence of financial need.
Elizabeth Ann Crowley Scholarship Fund
Established by the Boston Edison/NSTAR Electric Company, Boston Edison/NSTAR Electric employees and family and friends, in memory of Elizabeth Ann Crowley of Braintree, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Weekend College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, Mrs. Crowley was employed for twenty-six years at Boston Edison as a Municipal Sales Representative. Preference is given to Boston Edison/NSTAR Electric employees and their dependent children who show financial need and/or scholastic achievement.
Albert Dacko Scholarship Fund
Established by the family and friends of Albert Dacko, Class of 1954. Preference for students enrolled in architecture program who demonstrate financial need.
Arthur L. David Scholarship Fund
Preference is given to students from Middlesex County. Financial need is considered but is not the determining factor in awarding this scholarship.
Charles C. Ely Scholarship
This scholarship provides funds “for young men from Boston with clear-cut financial need.”
Philip A. Eyrick Memorial Scholarship
Established by Grace L. Eyrick in memory of her brother, Philip A. Eyrick, MC & TD ‘23, whose high regard for Wentworth was reflected in his lifelong commitment to the school. Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, with a preference towards those enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program.
John J. and Margaret M. (O’Brien) Flatley Scholarship
The Flatley Foundation established the Flatley Scholarship in 1999, in memory of the parents of Thomas J. Flatley. Preference is to provide support for residents and/or graduates of South Boston and Charlestown High Schools, or students enrolled in MassPep. This endowed and renewable scholarship provides funds for students majoring in fields associated with design and build, including: architecture, civil engineering technology, construction management, facilities planning and management, interior design, and industrial design.
Flatley - Charlestown Scholarship
This scholarship is for residents of Charlestown, Massachusetts and/or graduates of Charlestown High School, who are attending or seek to attend Wentworth. It is a $10,000 annual award. Applications are available at Wentworth or c/o the Charlestown Community Council, and must be submitted to the council by March 31.
Tuskegee Airmen/M. Robert Fortune Scholarship, Boston Post, Society of American Military Engineers*
Established by members of the Tuskegee Airmen and by members and friends of the Boston Post, Society of American Military Engineers, this (now combined) scholarship commemorates the Tuskegee Airmen and is in memory of M. Robert Fortune, Jr. CHE ‘69. Awards are made to students enrolled in engineering curricula, who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need and who participate in extracurricular activities. Recipients must be American citizens living in either eastern Massachusetts or Worcester County, and must have completed one academic year. Preference is given to students indicating an interest in ROTC, the military, or military engineering. Awards are presented at the SAME Annual Spring Meeting.
Raymond P. Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by Raymond Foster ‘17 for a student from New Hampshire who demonstrates financial need.
William E. Foster Memorial Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Alta Whitehouse Foster, in memory of her husband, William E. Foster, for junior and senior year students who demonstrate an interest in journalism.
Leona and John Ghublikian Education Fund
Established by Leona and John Ghublikian, long-time friends of Wentworth. John Ghublikian served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1992. Income from the fund is used for scholarship aid to deserving students enrolled in a degree program.
Charles L. Guild Scholarship
Established by friends, colleagues, and associates of Charles L. Guild, Class of 1931, income from the scholarship endowment shall be awarded to needy and deserving students. Priority is given to students with a particular desire to work in foundation engineering or in the construction industry after graduation. Residents of Rhode Island and Massachusetts will be given preference.
Charles Hayden Memorial Scholarships
Established by the Charles Hayden Memorial Foundation for worthy students whose parents are unable to finance the entire cost of their tuition. Students must be graduates of high schools located in the metropolitan area of Boston or New York City. The metropolitan area of Boston includes the following cities and towns: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Dedham, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winchester, and Winthrop.
Henry R. Hesse Scholarship
Established by Mrs. Henry R. Hesse in memory of her husband, Henry R. Hesse, a member of the Class of 1953. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving students of good character who are residents of Wilmington, Massachusetts.
Marc Erwin Holt Memorial Fund
Established in memory of Marc Erwin Holt, AET ‘72 by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Holt. The award is made annually to a student with financial need who has completed the freshman year.
Oscar B. Keith Scholarship
Established by the family of Oscar B. Keith, AC ‘25, a former member of the Wentworth Corporation. Income from the fund will be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need.
Lt. Kevin M. Kelley Memorial Scholarship
Candidates for the Lieutenant Kevin M. Kelley Memorial Scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the first, second, third, or fourth year. Candidates must be in good academic standing at either Wentworth Institute of Technology or their graduating high school. Preferences will be given to eligible recipients in the following order: the son or daughter of a member of the Boston Firefighters Local 718; a son or daughter of a member of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts; any worthy or deserving student or prospective student as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The scholarship may be renewed in succeeding years, if no other student meets the above criteria, as long as the student maintains good academic standing and continues to have demonstrated financial need.
Edward T. and Barbara J. Kirkpatrick Scholarship
Established by the family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Edward T. and Barbara J. Kirkpatrick in recognition of nearly two decades of service to Wentworth and its subsidiary schools. Dr. Kirkpatrick, a mechanical engineer by training and educator by profession, served for a total of 19 years as President of Wentworth, from 1971 to 1990.The award is made to a student or students annually, with preference given to students enrolled in engineering and technology. Particular emphasis will be given to students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Leroy G. Lamontagne, IE ‘47 Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by LeRoy G. LaMontagne, a member of the Class of 1947, Industrial Electronics. Income from the fund is to be used to support a student or students who demonstrate(s) financial need and for whom such assistance will provide an opportunity to benefit from a Wentworth education.
Hans and Eris Langhammer Scholarship
Established by Eris G. Langhammer in honor of her father, the scholarship is limited to Connecticut residents. Preference will be for students with an interest in affordable housing.
Louis F. Larrey Scholarship
Established by Louis F. Larrey, PL ‘20, this scholarship is awarded to students with a demonstrated financial need.
Lufkin Memorial Scholarship
Established by Lufkin Trust and Foundation with preference for minority or female students enrolled in mechanical or electronic engineering technology.
Douglas S. Mac Lean Family Scholarship
Established by the family and friends of Douglas S. Mac Lean, AC ‘25, income from the fund is available for students who are academically motivated and have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student from Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Marion Campbell and Neil James Macleod Scholarship
Established through the generosity of Orwell P. MacLeod, AC ‘18 in honor of his parents. Awards are made to a student who is a U.S. citizen of Scottish descent.
Frederick D. Mac Neil Scholarship Fund
Established by bequest from Frederick D. MacNeil, ‘25, AC ‘30. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated financial need.
A. J. Martini Memorial Scholarship
Established by William and Carolyn Creelman in memory of Al Martini, a Boston area contractor who possessed outstanding personal traits of integrity and leadership, and who was recognized as an outstanding builder. Mr. Martini was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1988 and served on the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Awards are made to students who express a sincere interest in entering the construction field.
Albert A. Naples Scholarship
This award has been established by Lenore A. Naples in memory of her husband, Albert A. Naples, MC&TD ‘42. Income from the fund is available for students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program.
Joseph W. Odlum Scholarship
Established in honor of Joseph W. Odlum, a member of the Class of 1925, by his wife, Margaret L. Odlum, and his sons, Joseph W. Odlum, Jr., Frank A. Odlum, and Robert J. Odlum. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving and needy student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program who is from New England.
Wesley J. Packard Memorial Scholarship
Established by Wesley J. Packard, a member of the Classes of 1923 and 1925, to assist a worthy and needy student enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. For many years, Mr. Packard served Wentworth as the head of the mechanical technology department.
Salvatore Pesaturo Scholarship
Established by Salvatore Pesaturo, Printing ‘37, founder of Colt Press, Inc. in grateful recognition of Wentworth’s contribution to his success in the printing industry. The award is made to a student attending Wentworth who is working to pay for his/her education and could improve his/her scholastic standing by reducing employment time. The student must be of good character and reside in Greater Boston.
Michael J. Piccarini Scholarship Fund
Candidates must be a full‑time undergraduate student entering their second, third, or fourth year Wentworth Institute of Technology. Candidates must be in good academic standing, American-born, and specifically a resident of Massachusetts (preference given to a resident of Weymouth or surrounding area) majoring in architecture or architectural engineering. The scholarship may be renewed in succeeding years, if no other student meets the above criteria, and as long as the student maintains good academic standing and continues to have financial need as determined under the policies of the Institute.
Paul E. Pritzker, P. E., Scholarship
Established by the Massachusetts branch of the National Society of Professional Engineers in honor of the election of Paul E. Pritzker to the society’s presidency. The scholarship will be awarded annually on the basis of meritorious scholarship and character, with preference for an engineering student. Student must attend one MSPE Board meeting to accept award.
Francis A. and Edith V. Sagan Scholarship
Established by Francis A. Sagan, AM ‘33, and Edith V. Sagan. Income from the Sagan fund will be used to assist those students showing a motivation to excel and who demonstrate financial need.
Chester H. Sanford Scholarship Fund
Established by Mr. and Mrs. Chester H. Sanford, Mr. Sanford was a member of the Class of 1916. Scholarships from this fund are granted yearly to assist worthy average students attaining an education. Funds for awards are obtained from the Wentworth Alumni Association.
Douglas D. Schumann, Electromechanical Engineering Scholarship
Awarded to U.S. citizens. To be eligible, students must be majoring in Electromechanical Engineering, demonstrate resourcefulness in problem-solving and a “can-do” attitude, and maintain a GPA of 2.25 or better.
Douglas D. Schumann, P. E., Scholarship
Established by Douglas D. Schumann, P.E., a member of the class of 1964. Award is based on financial need. Preference may be given to a student enrolled in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology and who has maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or better. Students are also expected to demonstrate positive, goal-oriented attitude.
Joseph C. Scimone Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Builder’s Association of Greater Boston, members and friends of Joseph C. Scimone, in memory of his high principles and contribution to the building industry. The annual scholarship will be awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need in a design or construction major who is working to pay for his/her education and could improve his/her scholastic standing by reducing employment time. Students must be of good character and reside in Massachusetts.
Edward Segel Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by the family and friends in memory of Edward Segel, BC ‘55. Scholarships will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and a major with a design/build component.
Donald B. Sinclair Scholarship
Established by Willona G. Sinclair in memory of Donald B. Sinclair, a prominent engineer and long-time member of the Wentworth Corporation. Income from the fund is awarded annually to a student who is of good character, has demonstrated financial need, with preference for students enrolled in engineering and technology.
Ernest C. Soule Scholarship Fund
Established by Ernest C. Soule, Class of ‘22. Income from the fund awarded to a student with preference for enrollment in architecture or construction programs.
State Street Bank and Trust Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students interested in applied science, mathematics, or general technology. Preference is given to minority students who are graduates of the Boston Public Schools.
Norma N. Teague Memorial Scholarship Fund
Established by Norma N. Teague, scholarships are given to students with a demonstrated financial need.
John A. Volpe Scholarship
This scholarship, established through the generosity of former governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts John A. Volpe, AC ‘30, is awarded to students with a demonstrated financial need.
Woman in Engineering Technology Scholarship
Established to benefit female students with a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to those enrolled in Electronic Engineering Technology. In the event that there are no women candidates, income may be used for financial assistance for qualified men.
The Financial Aid office is required by federal regulations to periodically review financial assistance recipients to ensure that they are making academic progress towards the completion of their program of study. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for a financial assistance recipient is measured by both qualitative and quantitative standards and is an assessment of a student's cumulative academic record while in attendance at the institution.
In general, coursework that is taken while in attendance at Wentworth Institute of Technology and applies to the student's academic program is taken into account when reviewing the academic record for satisfactory academic progress. However, there are some exceptions. Please refer to the table below for a breakdown of how each type of course or credit is treated in the review.
Regular courses in program of study
Cumulative GPA Component (CGPA): Must have earned the minimum published CGPA at the published intervals.
A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average as noted below to be considered as making satisfactory academic progress.
Total Credits Earned
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average Required For the Program
A student must successfully complete more than two-thirds (66.66%) of the total credits attempted throughout their academic career at the Institute. All attempted credits resulting in either an academic grade or administrative transcript notation will be included in the quantitative calculation.
For example, a student who enrolled for 36 credits in their first year at the Institute must pass more than 24 credits in order to be making satisfactory academic progress.
A student may receive student federal aid for any attempted credits towards their program of study as long as those credits do not exceed 150% of the published length of the student's program of study. For example, a student enrolled in an eligible 138 credit baccalaureate program can receive financial aid for up to 207 credits attempted.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Review Process
When is my academic progress reviewed?
At the end of each semester
Are there warning periods?
Yes, there is one warning period
Is there an appeal process?
Can I regain financial aid eligibility once I lose it?
Academic Periods Included in the Review
The qualitative and quantitative standards of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy will be used to review the academic progress for all periods of the student’s enrollment, including summer semesters. Even periods in which the student did not receive financial assistance funds will be included in the review.
The qualitative and quantitative components of the SAP policy will be reviewed at the end of each semester.
Students who meet SAP standards will be coded as making satisfactory academic progress and will retain eligibility for financial assistance funds for the following semester.
Students who do not meet SAP standards will be placed on SAP Warning for one semester. Students placed on SAP Warning will retain their eligibility for Student Federal Aid during the warning semester. The student will be notified of a SAP warning by letter to their permanent mailing address
At the end of the warning period, SAP standards will be reviewed. If the student meets SAP standards, they will once again be coded as making satisfactory academic progress and will retain eligibility for Student Federal Aid for the following semester
If the student is unable to meet the standards for SAP, they will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension and will no longer be eligible to receive financial assistance funds at the institution until such time that they are able to meet the standards of SAP. The student will be notified of a SAP suspension by letter to their permanent mailing address.
Students who become ineligible for federal student aid due to not meeting the financial assistance standards of satisfactory academic progress may appeal for a review of that determination. A student who believes he or she has extenuating circumstances that affected his or her ability to progress satisfactorily should appeal utilizing the appeal application within 30 days of the date of the letter indicating a loss of financial aid eligibility. Examples of cases that may be considered are as follows:
- Student becomes seriously ill
- Student’s relative dies
- Student is severely injured
Other cases may be considered and is reviewed on a case-by case basis. The appeal should be addressed to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee and be submitted to the Financial Aid office. The appeal should include a completed appeal form, a letter to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee requesting a re-evaluation of the student’s aid eligibility, and an unofficial copy of the student’s transcript. The letter should include an explanation of the student’s past academic performance and the reason the student’s aid eligibility should be reinstated. Also, the student may be required to submit an approved academic plan from their academic advisor.
An appeal may be approved only if
- the institute determines that the student will be able to meet SAP standards after the subsequent semester; or
- the student has an approved academic plan that will ensure that the student will be able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in time.
Other Important Considerations
Change of Program
A student who changes their academic program may request an appeal in that determination if he or she has changed programs while enrolled at their current school. If this appeal is taken up, then only those courses applicable to the new program will be evaluated for the Completion Rate and cumulative GPA components. However, all courses attempted will be evaluated for the Maximum Timeframe component. If, under these circumstances, the student is making satisfactory academic progress, the student will regain eligibility for financial assistance funds. If, under these circumstances, the student is not making satisfactory academic progress, the student will not regain eligibility for financial assistance funds at that time.
All courses taken at an institution other than the home institution through an official consortium are included in the calculation for completion rate and maximum timeframe components, but are excluded from the student's cumulative GPA component.
Course withdrawal may affect a student’s eligibility for financial assistance funds.
All incompletes must be resolved by the midpoint of the semester following the receipt of the incomplete grade. If not resolved, the grade is either automatically changed to an F or is considered to be an F for all components of the satisfactory academic progress review. Financial assistance funds can be withheld until Incompletes are resolved.
Only the most recent grade for a course that has been repeated will count towards a student's cumulative GPA. Therefore, grades from prior attempts will be excluded from the student's cumulative GPA. However, all attempts including the most current will be included in the calculation for the completion rate and maximum timeframe components. Financial assistance funds will cover a repeated course only when it is repeated to replace an unacceptable grade as determined by a specific course and/or major.
Credits that are transferred in from another institution and apply to the most current major will be excluded from the student’s cumulative GPA. However, they will be included in the calculation for the maximum timeframe component and the completion rate components
Zero Credits Earned
Students who earned zero credits (all grades of WA and/or F) during a semester may be subject to the return of 50% of their federal aid. The college assumes the student has ceased participation in academic activities at the midpoint in the semester. The student will be responsible for any balance from the loss of funding.
Financial Aid Appeal Process
All students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress will be denied financial aid by Wentworth. Students have the right to appeal this decision in writing one time only. Appeals will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for reconsideration based on extenuating circumstances presented by the student. Decisions by this Committee are considered final.