Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory Academic Progress Relating to Financial Aid federal regulations require that all students who receive federal financial aid make progress toward a degree. All colleges must have policies that ensure students are making this progress both qualitatively and quantitatively. At LMU, starting with the fall 2011 semester, we have established the following Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy that will be reviewed following each semester, including the summer term.
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may not receive the following types of financial aid: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Tennessee Student Assistance Awards, Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, Lincoln Grants, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, other aid involving Title IV funds, or any other aid for which satisfactory progress is a requirement. These policies apply only to eligibility to receive financial aid. A student is considered to have made satisfactory academic progress provided he/she passes at least 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted and has not reached 150% of time enrolled in an academic program (see Maximum Time Frame section). Also, the student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average as outlined below:
Hours Attempted Cumulative GPA
0 - 29 - 1.5 GPA
30 – 45 - 1.75 GPA
46 – 59 - 1.90 GPA
60 + Hours - 2.0 GPA
For graduate programs, please refer to specific graduate catalogs to see grade point average requirements. A student whose academic performance drops below the minimum standards will be placed on financial aid warning. A student can retain financial aid while on warning for one semester but must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress by the end of that semester or be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
Quantitative- Hours Attempted vs Hours Earned
A student is considered to have made satisfactory academic progress provided he/she passes at least 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted. For instance, a student who attempts 45 credit hours must complete at least 30 of those credit hours to make satisfactory academic progress. A student whose academic performance drops below the minimum standards will be placed on financial aid warning. A student can retain financial aid while on warning for one semester but must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress by the end of that semester or be placed on Financial Aid Suspension.
Quantitative –Maximum Time Frame
No student will be eligible to receive financial aid for more than 150% of the published length of the program. This time is measured by credit hours attempted. For example, a student seeking a baccalaureate degree totaling 128 credit hours cannot receive aid for more than 192 attempted hours (128 x 150% = 192). Transfer credits will be evaluated and those credits that count toward the student’s current academic program will count as both attempted and completed hours. Failing a class or withdrawing from a class, whether passing or failing, can affect SAP. Incomplete grades will not count against attempted hours, until a grade is recorded or the candidate is withdrawn from the class or classes. Satisfactory academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester.
Students who are in SAP suspension may appeal this decision to the LMU Financial Aid Appeals Committee. The appeal must be made in writing and explain why the student failed to make SAP and what has changed that will allow the student to make SAP at the next evaluation. This letter should be sent to the Executive Director of Financial Aid, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. The committee will review the appeal along with any additional recommendations from appropriate faculty or staff members to determine if the student will be able to meet SAP standards by the next evaluation. If not an academic plan can be developed to ensure that the student will be able to meet SAP standards by a specific point in order to graduate from a program. If the committee does not approve the appeal, the student may take classes at his/her own expense to try to regain SAP. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on “Financial Aid Probation” for one semester. At the end of the next semester, the student must be making SAP to continue receiving financial assistance. If any additional appeals are approved beyond one semester, an academic plan must be developed for the student and approved by the academic advisor, division Dean or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The academic plan must detail exactly what courses are required for the student to complete their intended program of study at LMU.
All Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress notifications will be sent in two ways: a letter will be sent to the student at the home address and an e-mail notification will be sent to his/her LMU e-mail address. These notifications will be sent no later than four weeks after the end of the academic term reviewed.
Regaining Eligibility Quantitative-Maximum Time Frame
To regain eligibility, you must graduate and advance to a new academic level (UG to GR).
Quantitative-Hours Attempted vs. Hours Earned
To regain eligibility, take courses at your own expense in a subsequent term or terms and meet the standards according to the cumulative credit hours completion ratio outlined above under the heading Quantitative. Once you have taken the courses and earned passing grades, you will need to notify the Office of Financial Aid to complete a clearance form.
To regain eligibility, complete courses at your own expense and raise your cumulative GPA to the acceptable standard. Once you have completed the course and raised you GPA, you will need to notify the Office of Financial Aid to evaluate the coursework taken to see if financial aid can be awarded.