Financial Aid Office
Attendance Policy for Federal Financial Aid Recipients:
Regular class attendance is required for students receiving federal financial aid. Students must begin attendance in all courses to qualify for financial aid. Students reported for non-attendance in any or all of their courses could have their financial aid withdrawn.
At the end of each semester, students who have failed to earn credit for any courses are reviewed. Attendance must be demonstrated through the 60% point of the semester. Federal aid may be returned, causing the student to owe funds directly to LSSU that are due immediately.
For example, a student with $10,000 in total financial aid for the semester who fails to complete any credits with a passing grade could have up to $5,000 returned to the federal government, if it was determined that the student stopped attending classes within the first nine weeks of the semester. Instructors must indicate the last day of attendance in an academically-related activity for each F grade they assign. If it is determined that the failure to earn any credit for the semester was due to lack of attendance in classes, a federal aid return calculation must be performed.
At the end of the semester, grades are reviewed to determine if the student ceased attending prior to the 60% point. If a student is reported for lack of attendance before completing at least 60% of the semester, then 50% of the financial aid the student received could go back to the federal government, including student and parent loans. The student could owe up to 50% of the funds received for the semester back to the university. Students have up to 45 days to challenge the return of federal aid due to a reported lack of attendance. Written proof of attendance is required for future aid release.
Regional Center Consortium Students:
The above policy applies to consortium students for courses at two schools. When LSSU is the home school for financial aid, attendance will be reviewed for courses from both schools to determine if the grades were caused by a failure to attend.
Repeat Policy for Financial Aid Recipients
Effective July 1, 2011 under the Higher Education Act (34CFR Section 668.2)
Students may use financial aid to repeat coursework that has been previously failed. Students may also use financial aid one time when repeating coursework to improve an earned letter grade of D- or higher.
For example, a student taking a course for the first time who received an F grade could have financial aid to repeat the course. If the student received a D grade for the repeated course, the student could have financial aid one more time to repeat the course to raise the grade. Students advised to retake passed courses more than once to improve their GPA may do so at their own expense, provided the repeats are allowed by the department.
Note: Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is in compliance with the Department of Education Final Regulations published Oct. 29, 2010 - 34CFR 668.16(e), 668.32(f) & 668.34.
* University policy requires permission of the course instructor and the dean to repeat a course more than twice. Permission is only granted under extenuating circumstances. Courses transferred from other institutions are included. Both the original and repeat grades will show on the transcript, but for the purpose of calculating the GPA, only the grade of the last attempt will be used.