The United States Department of Education requires all students who receive federal student financial assistance to make progress toward their declared degree. This measurement is called Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). LMU is required to have policies that ensure students are making this progress by measuring both qualitatively and quantitatively. Starting with the Fall 2011 semester, LMU has established the following SAP policy. SAP will be reviewed at the end of each semester, including the summer.
Students who fail to maintain SAP may not receive the following types of student financial assistance: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Tennessee Student Assistance Awards, Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships, Lincoln Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, other aid involving Title IV funds, and/or any other aid for which SAP is a requirement. These policies apply only to those eligible to receive student financial assistance. 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, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average as outlined below:
|Undergraduate Attempted Hours||Cumulative GPA|
For graduate programs, please refer to specific graduate catalogs for GPA requirements. A student whose academic performance drops below the minimum standards will be placed on financial aid warning. A student will receive student financial assistance 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 will receive student financial assistance 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 their declared 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). Failing a class or withdrawing from a class, whether passing or failing, can affect SAP. SAP will be reviewed at the end of each semester.
Students who are on Financial Aid Suspension may appeal this decision to the LMU Executive Director of Financial Aid. 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. An approved appeal would typically contain an extenuating circumstance beyond your control along with supporting documentation. This letter should be sent to: Executive Director of Student Financial Services, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752. The Executive Director 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 the Executive Director 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, an academic plan will be developed in conjunction with the Director of Academic Support in order to help the student meet SAP standards in a specified timeline in order to graduate from a program. At the end of the next semester, the student must be following the approved academic plan. 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.
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 Student Financial Services.
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 Student Financial Services to evaluate the coursework taken to see if financial aid can be awarded.