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Presidential Waivers

Responsible Department
Enrollment Management
Effective Date
09/22/2016
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    Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for implementing USG policy regarding the awarding of Presidential Waivers at the University of North Georgia (the “University”). Presidential Waivers will be used at the University to advance our unique mission, strategic plan and priorities by (1) helping to shape new cohorts of students in order to achieve academic excellence, athletic, and international student enrollment goals, and (2) increasing student retention and completion while encouraging academic achievement.

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    Definitions

    Presidential Waivers are awarded to new and continuing students within the following categories:

    1. Academic: Students who have demonstrated the potential to excel within associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree programs as evidenced by scoring within the top half of students matriculating at their campus in their program.

    2. Athletic: Students selected to participate in the University’s intercollegiate athletics program and who have demonstrated the potential to succeed within a bachelor’s degree program.

    3. International: Non-citizen students who are ineligible for any other tuition differential waiver under USG policy, and who have demonstrated the potential to succeed within an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree program or Summer Language Institute.
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    Statement

    To be considered for the Presidential Waiver, applicants must be lawfully present in the United States and meet the following criteria, at a minimum. Awarding of Presidential Waivers is competitive; meeting the minimums does not imply an automatic award of the waiver.

    1. Academic

      1. New freshmen must score within the top half of new freshmen matriculating at the University the fall semester prior to the semester of the initial award for the associate or bachelor’s program and campus on at least one of the following items: SAT, ACT, high school GPA or freshman index.

      2. New transfers’ cumulative GPAs, from all colleges attended, must fall within the top half of new transfer students who matriculated at their UNG campus the fall semester prior to the semester of the initial award.

      3. New graduate students must have a cumulative GPA from their most recent bachelor’s degree within the top half of all new graduate students who matriculated at the University in the fall semester prior to the semester of the initial award. The same criteria applies to international graduate students.

      4. Current students must have an institutional cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the completion of at least 30 hours at the end of the semester prior to the semester of the initial award. The same criteria applies to current international students.

    2. Athletic

      All athletes admitted to the University must meet the bachelor BOR admissions requirements and demonstrate the potential to succeed within their program of study. Recipients of athletic waivers will be selected by the athletic department.

    3. International

      An international student is defined as a non-U.S. citizen who is on an F1 student visa (both freshmen and transfers). All degree-seeking international students admitted to the University have demonstrated the potential to succeed within their program of study. These international students must meet the BOR admissions requirements set for the University. Summer Language Institute (SLI) student awards will be determined by the needs of the SLI department.
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    Support Info

    University System of Georgia Manual for Determining Tuition Classification and Awarding Out-of-State Tuition Waivers, dated March 27, 2016.

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    Procedures

    1. For the Academic and International categories, the selection of recipients for the Presidential Waiver will be initially approved by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (AVP-EM). For the Athletic category, the selection of recipients will be initially approved by the Director of Athletics. However, for all categories, the President maintains final approval.

      1. The total number of Presidential Waivers in any one semester may not exceed 2% of full-time students enrolled in the fall semester immediately preceding the term for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived. A full waiver of out-of-state tuition counts as one waiver, while a 50% waiver of out-of-state tuition counts as a 0.5 waiver.

      2. The percentage of waivers used within the Athletic category shall not exceed one-third (1/3) of the 2% of waivers the University is eligible to award.

      3. The number of available waivers for all categories will be determined by the Associate Director of Enrollment Management and will be based on the fall immediately preceding the semester of award. For spring, the fall from the same academic year will be used.

    2. Awarding of academic and international Presidential Waivers will be competitive and will be based on the students’ academic backgrounds and their potential contributions to the University. The directors of undergraduate and graduate admissions will select candidates who will be reviewed by the AVP – EM and Associate Director of Enrollment Management based on the yearly goals determined by the Presidential Waiver Committee and approved by the President. A holistic review will determine those most deserving in the early action and regular admissions pools.

    3. If extraordinary circumstances arise that justify the awarding of a Presidential Waiver under criteria not specified in the Policy but consistent with the Policy intent and in support of the University’s mission, the President will request a review by the USG Chief Academic Officer. All documentation regarding this approval will be maintained on file in Banner Document Management System.

    4. Maintaining Eligibility

      1. Academic and International

        1. Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 and graduate students must enroll in at least 9 semester hours each fall and spring semester. If the graduate program does not offer at least 9 hours each fall and spring semester, students must enroll in the maximum number of hours available. There is no minimum credit hour requirement for the summer term.

        2. At the completion of two semesters and each year after, students must maintain a minimum institutional cumulative GPA of 2.5.

      2. Athletic

        Athletes are required to maintain full-time status and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of two semesters and each year after.

    5. Failure to maintain the above-mentioned criteria at the end of each year shall result in students being placed in a two-semester probationary period. The students will maintain their waivers during that time but will be ineligible after the two semesters if they do not meet the above-mentioned criteria. Students may appeal their probationary status and ineligibility period by providing a written explanation and documentation to the associate director of enrollment management for review by the Presidential Waiver Committee.

    6. Waivers are awarded for a maximum of nine semesters, with summer semesters counting as half terms.

    7. Monitoring and Tracking

      1. Monitoring: The Associate Director of Enrollment Management monitors all recipients’ academic performance at the end of each academic year to ensure GPA requirements are being met; students are notified of their probationary status or removal from it; and students have not exceeded their nine semester limit.

      2. Tracking: The Associate Director of Enrollment Management tracks the awarding process to ensure the University does not award more than the allotted amount of Presidential Waivers for each semester and that no more than 1/3 of the Presidential Waivers are awarded to those in the Athletic category.

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