At UW Flexible Option, all competency set repeats, regardless of the original grade received, are considered a continuation of the initial enrollment. A competency set is only eligible for financial aid one time, regardless of the number of attempts needed to achieve mastery (a passing grade). Repeating a competency set may alter your original federal financial aid disbursement schedule. Because every student’s situation is unique, you should contact the UW Flexible Option Financial Aid Office for further information. To learn more about repeating a competency set, click here.
Financial Aid & Repeating a Competency Set
At UW Flexible Option, your financial aid eligibility is based on the total number of credit hour equivalencies required to complete the academic program. If you re-enroll in the same competency set across multiple subscription periods, each enrollment (or “repeated attempt”) is considered a continuation of your initial enrollment, or attempt, in the competency set. This is the case regardless of the grade received, including A-F, Incomplete (I), Withdrawn (W), and In Progress (IP or PR) grades.
Each competency set is included only once for federal financial aid purposes (including calculation of enrollment status and Satisfactory Academic Progress), regardless of the number of “attempts” or subscription periods in which a student enrolls in the same competency set. If a repeated competency set spans multiple payment periods, the credit hour equivalencies earned are included in the payment period the student successfully completed the competency set, not in any previous payment period(s) in which the competency set was attempted.
Repeating a competency set may alter your original disbursement schedule. Your disbursement schedule will also be impacted by the following:
- The number of credit hour equivalencies you successfully completed and the number of weeks you have completed
- Your current Academic Plan of Study showing intent to complete additional, unique credit hour equivalencies
A competency set with a grade of In Progress (IP or PR) is considered attempted, but not successfully completed, until the student repeats the competency set and earns a passing grade. For financial aid calculation purposes, credit hour equivalencies associated with a competency set will be included only once when calculating Pace and Maximum Time Frame requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) purposes. Each competency set is only eligible for federal financial aid one time.
- Frank enrolled in a 3-credit-hour equivalency competency set in the September subscription period. He earned a grade of In Progress (IP or PR). In December, Frank enrolled in the same competency set and this time received a passing grade of an A. For financial aid purposes, his enrollment in this competency set will be treated as one enrollment. To calculate Pace and Maximum Time Frame requirements for SAP, 3 credit hour equivalencies will be considered attempted one time.
Further, if you attempt a competency set that satisfies a specific degree requirement, but do not successfully complete it, and then enroll in a different competency set to satisfy the same degree requirement, the new competency set cannot be factored into your financial aid enrollment status since the previous competency set was already considered in your financial aid eligibility.
- Frank must complete 9 credit hour equivalencies in Humanities and Fine Arts to satisfy his degree requirements. He has already satisfied 6 credit hour equivalencies and already fulfilled his electives. He enrolls in MUS173 to fulfill the remaining Humanities and Fine Arts requirements. He earns an In Progress grade (IP or PR). In the next subscription period, he enrolls in MUS273 to complete the same Humanities and Fine Arts requirement. Since both competency sets are intended to fulfill the same degree requirement, MUS273 would not be included in the student’s financial aid enrollment status since MUS173 was previously included in the calculation.
Military Education Benefits & Repeating a Competency Set
If you are interested in, or currently using, military education benefits, you are encouraged to contact your Veterans Certifying Official at your home institution to learn if there are impacts to your benefits when repeating a competency set.
Military Education Benefits for UW-Milwaukee Students
If you re-enroll in the same competency set across multiple subscription periods, each enrollment (or “repeated attempt”) is considered a continuation of your initial enrollment, or attempt, in the competency set. This is the case for grades received, including A-D, and In Progress (IP or PR) grades. Each competency set is certified only once for federal education benefit purposes with the exception of punitive grades (F). This includes students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and Survivor or Dependent benefits.
The primary state benefit for WI veterans and their family members is the WI GI Bill. None of the restrictions for federal benefits listed above are applicable to the WI GI Bill. Competency sets may be repeated as often as required. However, there is one very important eligibility criteria for this benefit. As of January 1, 2014, a cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0 is required in order to use the benefit each subscription period. Please contact your Veterans Certifying Official for questions or more information.