Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Financial aid regulations require that a student must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible for financial aid. Financial aid programs affected by this policy include the following:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Work Study
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal PLUS Loans
- Michigan Scholarships & Grants
- Institutional Scholarships & Grants
- Loan & Work Programs
- Certain Rebates & Tuition Waivers
The three standard measures for retaining aid eligibility are:
- GPA Requirement – Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA after each semester.
- Completion Rate – Earn 67% of all credits attempted at LSSU.
- Time Limit – Complete degree within 150% time frame.
Click here to review the SAP Policy in more detail with examples.
NOTE: In addition, there are some types of aid with more stringent requirements, such as Scholarship Renewal Requirements.
If a student does not meet the Financial Aid SAP at the end of a semester, the student will be given one warning semester. Students may receive aid during the warning semester. It is highly recommended that students plan ahead and work with an advisor to correct deficiencies during a warning semester.
If a student fails to meet the standard for the second consecutive semester enrolled, the financial aid will be suspended. No aid will be granted once a student’s eligibility is suspended, including but not limited to federal, state and institutional aid.
Right to Appeal
A student whose aid is suspended may request reinstatement through the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. The student must effectively demonstrate that the failure to meet SAP was due to an unusual or extenuating circumstance, and explain what has changed. Please click on APPEAL PROCESS Form for the directions and information regarding appeals.
Financial Aid Appeals Committee
The committee meets throughout each semester to review SAP appeals.
The meeting schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday, December 14, 2016
- Thursday, January 5, 2017
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
Students who wish to appeal for the December meeting, should have the appeal documentation submitted by Noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
Students who wish to appeal for the January 5th meeting, should have the appeal documentation submitted by Noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
Students who wish to appeal for the January 12th meeting, should have the appeal documentation submitted by Noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
When financial aid is suspended, both the cumulative GPA and completion rate must be met in subsequent semesters of at least six credits before reinstatement of aid is possible.
Students who successfully complete a minimum of six credits at LSSU while not receiving financial aid must contact the Financial Aid Office to request a review for reinstatement.
If completion of “I” grades or other record changes warrant a reinstatement, a copy of the transcript must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office with a written request for a review.