Satisfactory Academic Progress FAQs
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is defined as proceeding toward successful completion of degree requirements. The LHU Student Financial Services Office is required by federal regulation to determine whether a student is satisfactorily progressing toward degree completion. Your official LHU academic record (i.e. transcript), as maintained by the LHU Registrar’s Office, is reviewed to determine student compliance with the federal SAP policy. A student's SAP status will be reviewed at the end of each enrollment term (i.e. fall semester, spring semester, and summer session), after grades are transcripted by the Registrar's Office. All enrollment terms, including summer, must be considered in the determination of SAP, even enrollment terms for which the student did not receive federal financial aid.
General requirements are listed below. To view specific requirements, click here.
Pace: Students must successfully complete 67% of cumulative, attempted credit hours;
GPA: Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.0. Graduate students must maintain a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0. ;
- Maximum Time: Students must not exceed the specified maximum number of attempted hours to complete their degree programs.
Financial Aid Warning means that you are not currently meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid. Students are eligible for just one semester/session of financial aid warning as they work toward completion of their degree programs. If you are placed on warning, you should take steps to ensure that you are meeting requirements by the end of the warning semester/session. At the end of the warning semester/session, if you still are not meeting SAP requirements, you will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. Some students, such as those who have been enrolled at LHU for more than one semester/session and whose cumulative GPAs are less than 1.0, do not qualify for Financial Aid Warning. For more information, please refer to the Federal SAP Policy.
Yes, if you are otherwise eligible, you may receive federal aid for the semester/session you are on financial aid warning.
Financial Aid Suspension means that you have not met the requirements for satisfactory academic progress and are ineligible for federal financial aid until you can either (1) demonstrate to the Student Financial Services Office that you are meeting the requirements or (2) successfully appeal your financial aid suspension status. Students who wish to appeal must follow the appeal process described in the Federal SAP Policy.
No. Academic suspension from the University is monitored by the Registrar’s Office. If you are uncertain whether or not you are on academic suspension, you should contact that office. Financial aid suspension applies only to your federal financial aid.
Federal regulations require that the SAP review include all credit hours a student has attempted, including dropped, repeated, remedial, or withdrawn courses as reflected on your academic record. Although dropping a class may help your GPA, a “W” is still considered a course that was attempted, but not completed, for determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Students on financial aid suspension are ineligible for all federal aid, including the Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, TEACH Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Parent and Graduate PLUS Loans.
Student Financial Services will notify you by U.S. mail and LHUP email if you are placed on financial aid warning or suspension.
Students who have extraordinary, personal circumstances have the right to appeal their financial aid suspension. Acceptable circumstances are defined as:
the death of an immediate relative
a serious illness or accident requiring medical intervention
significant, unexpected family obligations
catastrophic loss (e.g. flood, fire, etc.)
extreme personal crisis
Students who wish to appeal must follow the appeal process described in the Federal SAP Policy.
You are required to submit authoritative documentation from an objective, non-relative, adult professional that supports the details of your appeal. For example, if you withdrew from classes due to a medical condition, physician or hospital statements would be advised. A death in the family might be documented with a copy of an obituary or death certificate. Traffic accidents might be documented with police reports. These are only examples; not an exhaustive list.
No, you do not have to be currently enrolled to appeal your financial aid suspension. However, you cannot appeal if you are on academic suspension.
No. If you are academically suspended, you cannot appeal your federal aid suspension. Once you have been academically readmitted by the dean of your college, you may submit an appeal of your federal aid suspension.
If I successfully appeal my academic suspension to the college dean, does that mean my federal financial aid eligibility will be reinstated?
No. A successful appeal of academic suspension does not result in reinstatement of a student’s financial aid eligibility. Appealing one’s financial aid suspension is a separate process. Students should also note that a successful appeal of academic suspension does not guarantee that a student may register for classes. Students who have past due account balances are placed on hold by the Student Financial Services (SFS) Office and are not permitted to register. Any student who wishes to appeal his or her financial aid suspension or whose student account is on registration hold must contact Student Financial Services for assistance.
Your appeal will be reviewed and a decision will be rendered by Student Financial Services staff members. All decisions are final.
Notification may come in the form of a financial aid award letter or via a letter to your home and LHUP email address.
No. To be considered, all supporting documentation must be submitted with the original appeal. Once SFS has acted on your appeal, the decision is final for that semester/session. Incomplete appeals will be returned.
No, the decision is final. Therefore, it is very important to include all documentation with your original appeal.
Yes, if you are otherwise eligible to enroll, you may enroll at your own expense to make up your deficiencies. If you complete credit hours at another, accredited institution, they can only be considered for SAP review purposes after they have been added to your official LHU academic record as maintained by the Registrar’s Office. Students who take classes to make up deficiencies should contact Student Financial Services upon completion of those courses to request a SAP review.
I’m beginning a new level of study (i.e. going from undergraduate to graduate). Will my financial aid warning and/or suspension carryover to the new program?
No. If you begin a new level of study, you are in good standing as far as the satisfactory academic progress requirements for the new program are concerned.
Student Financial Services must wait until all your grades are complete and recorded by the Registrar’s Office in order to determine your SAP status. You cannot receive federal aid for the following semester/session until all grades are complete and SFS has determined that you have made satisfactory academic progress. It is important to complete your incomplete coursework as soon as possible. You should contact Student Financial Services upon completion of all incomplete courses to request a SAP review.
If you complete a semester abroad or have a consortium agreement with LHU and another university, Student Financial Services must wait until your grades have been recorded by the Registrar’s Office in order to determine your SAP status. You cannot receive federal aid for the following semester until SFS has reviewed your grades from the other institution and has determined that you have made satisfactory academic progress. It is important to make sure your grades are recorded by LHU as soon as possible. Once your grades are recorded, you should contact Student Financial Services to request a SAP review.
You may contact the Student Financial Services Office via e-mail at email@example.com, phone at 570-484-2344, or in person at 123 Russell Hall.