Satisfactory Academic Progress
To be eligible for any federally funded financial assistance, including loans, all students must initially and continually meet the following qualitative and quantitative requirements for satisfactory academic progress.
Undergraduate: In measuring a student's quality measure, cumulative grade point average (GPA), the student must possess the following minimum GPA depending on the number of hours attempted:
1 to 12 hours - minimum 1.50 60 or more hours - minimum 2.00
13 to 59 hours - minimum 1.75 60 or more hours - minimum 2.50 for teacher education majors and teacher certification
Graduate: A graduate student is required to maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA on all graduate coursework.
In calculating the quantitative measure, all hours attempted, including courses from which the student withdrew, received a grade of no credit (NC), incomplete (I), or in progress (IP) must be considered.
Undergraduate: Undergraduate students are required to complete 70% of the cumulative hours attempted. An undergraduate student cannot receive financial aid if he/she has attempted more than 150% of hours required for their degree program.
Undergraduate Who Has a Bachelor's Degree: A student who already has a bachelor's degree and is seeking a second bachelor's degree or teacher certificate is considered an undergraduate for financial aid purposes. When evaluating eligibility for financial aid, all undergraduate work is considered, and a student cannot exceed 150% of the hours required for their degree program or teacher certification.
Graduate: A graduate student must pass at least 70% of all credit hours attempted. A graduate student may attempt up to 150% of the hours required for their degree program. A graduate student completing required undergraduate courses before beginning graduate studies is considered an undergraduate student for financial aid purposes.
Terminal Degree: If a student possess a terminal degree, doctorate in any field or a jurisprudence degree, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Academic Bankruptcy: Academic Bankruptcy only impacts a student's GPA, (see qualitative measure above). For Financial Aid purposes ALL HOURS attempted, (see quantitative measure above), are considered.
A STUDENT RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID IS NOT MAKING SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS IF HE/SHE DOES NOT EARN ANY CREDIT HOURS DURING THE TERM.
RE-ESTABLISHING ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID
A student failing to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements is notified in writing. The student may reestablish eligibility by passing enough courses to meet all of the requirements listed above. Any student who does not meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements and who has mitigating circumstances may appeal his/her case in writing to the Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee (committee). Students are required to document mitigating circumstances. Students exceeding maximum hours must include a course schedule signed by their academic advisor or college dean outlining remaining required courses.
Conditions for Students on Appeal
If a student has been granted an appeal by the Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee, and it is determined during a subsequent review that there is another failure to meet the progress standards, the student is required to submit a new appeal letter and secure their approval to receive financial aid for the next term(s). Students will be notified in writing if they are required to submit additional appeal letters.
Grant/Scholarship Repayment/Fee Refund
A student who does not complete a semester is responsible for repayment of a prorated amount of any portion of grant/scholarship payments he/she received during the term which cannot reasonably be attributed to meeting educational expenses related to enrollment at LSUS. If a student is due a fee refund because of dropping hours or resigning from LSUS, this refund may be returned to the grant, scholarship, and/or loan funds from which it was received.