Financial Aid Refund Policy

Return of Title IV Funds
Students who completely withdraw from all courses prior to completing more than 60 percent of a semester will have their eligibility for aid recalculated based on the percent of the semester completed. This policy shall apply to all students who withdraw, drop out, receive failing grades in all courses or are dismissed from the University and receive financial aid from Title IV funds.

The term "Title IV Funds" refers to the following federal financial aid programs: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant.

Title IV aid is earned in a prorated manner on a per diem basis up to and including the 60 percent point in the semester. Title IV funds and all other aid are viewed as 100 percent earned after that point in time.

The percentage of Title IV aid earned shall be calculated as follows:

Number of days completed by the student
Total number of days in the semester*
= Percent of Title IV aid earned

* The total number of days in the semester includes weekends, but does not include any scheduled breaks of more than five days.

A student's withdrawal date is determined by the University as (1) the date the student began the University's withdrawal process or officially notified the Registrar's Office of intent to withdraw; or (2) the midpoint of the semester for a student who leaves without notifying the University; or (3) the student's last date of attendance at a documented academically related activity.

University's Portion to be Returned—The percentage of Title IV aid unearned (i.e., to be returned to the appropriate program) shall be 100 percent minus the percent earned. Any unearned aid to be returned by the University is the lesser of (1) the entire amount of unearned aid or (2) the total institutional charges multiplied by the percentage of unearned aid.

Unearned Title IV aid shall be returned according to the following priority up to the amount received for the semester:

  1. Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Direct Subsidized Loan
  3. Perkins Loan
  4. Direct PLUS Loan (Graduate Student)
  5. Direct PLUS Loan (Parent)
  6. Federal Pell Grant
  7. Federal SEOG
  8. Iraq Afghanistan Service Grant

Student's Portion to be Returned—When the total amount of unearned aid is greater than the amount returned by the University from the student's account, the student is responsible for returning unearned aid to the appropriate program(s). The same priority as above should be used. Any loan funds that must be returned by the student will be repaid according to the terms of the promissory note. There is a 50-percent discount on any grant funds that are to be repaid. Grant funds that must be returned are considered a federal grant overpayment. The student can either repay the amount in full or make satisfactory arrangements with the University or the Department of Education to repay the amount due. These arrangements must be completed within forty-five days of the date the University notifies the student of the overpayment status or the student risks losing eligibility for further federal financial assistance.

Return of Non-Title IV Funds
The portion of state, University, and other assistance that must be returned will be calculated based on the particular program's return policy.

The student will be billed for any amount due to the University resulting from the return of Title IV and Non—Title IV funds.

Satisfactory Progress Policy

Federal financial aid regulations require students to make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree to remain eligible for financial aid.  Use this link to view the undergraduate and graduate satisfactory progress policies.

NCAA Eligibility Requirements

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requires that student-athletes be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a baccalaureate degree to remain eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition. The following table lists the total number of credits that must be complete and the minimum cumulative GPA that must be attained by a student-athlete at Michigan Technological University by the end of each academic year to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

12 Credit Rule - Full-Time Enrollment
All student-athletes must be enrolled in 12 credits at all times to be eligible for practice and competition. These 12 credits can be graded or pass/fail. A student-athlete can only be enrolled in less than 12 credits in his/her final semester prior to graduation. This must be certified by Degree Services.

Division I — Men's Ice Hockey:

  1. Must declare a major by the start of the third year to be eligible to compete.
  2. Student-athletes must be in good standing with the University (not withdrawn or suspended).
Entering 2nd Year of Collegiate EnrollmentEntering 3rd Year of Collegiate EnrollmentEntering 4th Year of Collegiate EnrollmentEntering 5th Year of Collegiate Enrollment
  • 24 semester credits
  • 18 credits earned during academic year
  • 1.80 GPA for graduation
  • Six credits/term
  • A maximum of six semester hours of remedial courses may be used in the first year
  • 40% of degree requirements
  • 18 credits earned during academic year
  • 2.00 GPA for graduation
  • Six credits/term
  • Declaration of degree program
  • 60% of degree requirements
  • 18 credits earned during academic year
  • 2.00 GPA for graduation
  • Six credits/term
  • 80% of degree requirements
  • 18 credits earned during academic year
  • 2.00 GPA for graduation
  • Six credits/term

Division II
A student-athlete must pass at least 24 credit hours of college work during the two (2) previous semesters or have an average of 12 credits each term attended (summer school can only account for 25 percent of the 24 credits) and maintain the following grade point average:

GPA Requirements for DII
1.80—After completion of 24 semester credit hours.
2.00—After completion of 48 semester credit hours, or thereafter.

Six Credit Hours Eligibility Requirement
All student-athletes currently enrolled must successfully complete at least six semester hours in the previous regular academic term of full-time enrollment to be eligible to participate in the next regular academic term. Student-athletes not meeting the satisfactory progress requirements because of mitigating or extenuating circumstances may request reinstatement by writing a letter of appeal to the Athletic Department, care of the Compliance Office, within one week of notification of loss of eligibility.

Veterans' Standards of Progress

The veterans' standards of progress are the same as for all other University students as listed under Academic Policies and Procedures.

  1. All students receiving veterans’ benefits must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Failure to maintain that GPA will result in the student being placed on probation. A student will be allowed two terms, including the summer session, to raise the cumulative GPA to that required for graduation to come off probation. If the student fails to remove himself or herself from probation, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) will be notified in writing. Requests for reinstatement of VA benefits will be made only after a veteran has been removed from probation and has attained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
  2. All student veterans receiving benefits must schedule a minimum of 12 credits of their major core requirements to receive full benefits.
  3. Repeated courses are authorized for student veterans receiving benefits only if the course being repeated is a major, minor, or core requirement. Repeating a non-failing grade is not considered VA certifiable.
  4. All accepted applicants who are requesting veterans' benefits will be given credit for previous training, where appropriate. The total length of time will be reduced proportionately toward completion of degree requirements. All students receiving veterans' benefits must submit transcripts and other documents showing credit for previous training to the Admissions Office by the end of the first term of enrollment. Failure to do so will result in no further certification for veterans' benefits until those transcripts have been provided.

Financial Aid
For scholarship information, go to the financial aid website at


Michigan Technological University is committed to continuous improvement of its educational programs. An important part of our improvement effort is Michigan Tech's program for Assessment of Student Learning. Michigan Tech has eight University Student Learning Goals, including communication, critical and creative thinking, and global literacy. Faculty set learning goals for each degree program and also for each course, and Student Affairs also has learning outcomes for student life.

To measure student success in achieving these learning goals, we collect samples of student work, administer special exams, and conduct student interviews and surveys throughout the year. The purpose of this assessment is to identify opportunities for improvement of our curricula and student life.  The University also participates in national surveys such as the National Survey on Student Engagement.

The results of assessment activities are summarized annually and discussed by the faculty in each department as well as by the University Assessment Council in order to improve curricula and teaching practices that will enable students to achieve our student learning goals. The University administration reviews assessment results to make informed decisions about programs.

Board of Trustees

(All terms expire December 31 of year indicated.)

Thomas L. Baldini, Marquette, Michigan 2009–2016
Julie A. Fream, Birmingham, Michigan 2011-2018
Robert J. Jacquart, Ironwood, Michigan 2013-2020
William L. Johnson, Newaygo, Michigan 2015-2022
Linda D. Kennedy, Troy, Michigan 2013-2020
Paul G. Ollila, Painesdale, Michigan 2009-2016
Brenda R. Ryan, Commerce Township, Michigan 2015-2022
Terry J. Woychowski, Commerce Township, MI 2011–2018

University Administrators

  • President, Glenn D. Mroz
  • Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Jacqueline E. Huntoon
  • VP for Student Affairs and Advancement, Les P. Cook
  • VP for Administration, Ellen S. Horsch
  • VP for Governmental Relations; Sec'y, Board of Trustees, Dale R. Tahtinen
  • VP for Research, David D. Reed
  • Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Julie Seppala
  • Chief Information Officer, Walter W. Milligan

Faculty Administration

  • College of Engineering
    • Dean, Wayne D. Pennington
    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Leonard J. Bohmann
  • Department Chairs
    • Biomedical Engineering, Sean J. Kirkpatrick
    • Chemical Engineering, S. Komar Kawatra
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering, David W. Hand
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering, Daniel R. Fuhrmann
    • Engineering Fundamentals, Jon H. Sticklen
    • Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, John S. Gierke
    • Materials Science and Engineering, Stephen L. Kampe
    • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, William W. Predebon
  • College of Sciences and Arts
    • Dean, Bruce E. Seely
    • Associate Dean for Special Initiatives, Linda M. Ott
    • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, John A. Jaszczak
  • Department Chairs
    • Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Jason Engler
    • Biological Sciences, Chandrashekhar P. Joshi
    • Chemistry, Cary F. Chabalowski
    • Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Susan L. Amato-Henderson
    • Computer Science, Min Song
    • Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, Jason R. Carter
    • Humanities, Ronald L. Stickland
    • Mathematical Sciences, Mark S. Gockenbach
    • Military Science (Army ROTC), Adam Melnitsky
    • Physics, Ravindra Pandey
    • Social Sciences, Hugh S. Gorman
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Jared L. Anderson, interim
  • School of Business and Economics
    • Dean, R. Eugene Klippel
    • Associate Dean, Thomas E. Merz
  • School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
    • Dean, Terry L. Sharik
    • Associate Dean, Andrew J. Storer
  • School of Technology
    • Dean, James O. Frendewey
  • Graduate School
    • Interim Associate Provost and Dean, Jacqueline E. Huntoon
  • Library, J. R. Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie
    • University Librarian and Director, Ellen B. Marks
  • Pavlis Honors College
    • Dean, Lorelle A. Meadows

University Accreditation

Michigan Tech is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. Accreditation documentation may be reviewed in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is available online.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

In addition to the general accreditation, specific programs have been accredited, approved, or recognized by their respective agencies.

College of Engineering
The following engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

  • biomedical engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • engineering (interdisciplinary or special focus)
  • environmental engineering
  • geological engineering
  • materials science and engineering
  • mechanical engineering

College of Sciences and Arts
The Michigan Board of Education approves the teacher certification programs offered by the College of Sciences and Arts departments.

The teacher education program is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

In Biological Sciences, the fourth-year instruction in the Medical Laboratory Science 3+1 option is carried out in hospitals accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

The Department of Chemistry offers American Chemical Society certified Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Cheminformatics. The department also participates in interdisciplinary programs including the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program and the Atmospheric Sciences program. Students pursuing the Chemistry BS degree may also choose an enhanced concentration in one of the following areas:

  •  environmental chemistry
  •  chemical physics
  •  biochemistry
  •  polymer chemistry
  •  chemistry with secondary education certification

School of Business and Economics—AACSB International
The following bachelor and master degree programs in the School of Business and Economics are accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier business accrediting organization in the US. Today, there are more than 727 business schools in 48 countries around the globe that have earned accreditation.

  •  accounting
  •  finance
  •  marketing
  •  management
  •  management information systems
  •  Tech MBA (Master of Business Administration)

AACSB International
777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA
813-769-6500; 813-769-6559 (fax)

School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
The Society of American Foresters accredits the following degree programs at Michigan Tech:

  •  Bachelor of Science in Forestry
  •  Master of Forestry

Society of American Foresters
6400 Grosvenor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814-2198
866-897-8720 (toll free); 301-897-3690 (fax)

School of Technology
The following engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,

  • electrical engineering technology
  • mechanical engineering technology

The Computer Network and System Administration program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET,

The Surveying Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), 1717 North Loop 1604 East, Suite 320, San Antonio, TX 78232-1570.