Lake Superior State University

Financial Aid



NOTE: Students are automatically considered for Board of Trustees Scholarships upon completing application to LSSU by March 1st for the following fall semester.

Financial Aid

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Financial Aid Office is to provide accurate and timely financial aid information to students to meet their educational expenses.

Our goal is to offer all students a balanced financial aid package that is competitive and attractive, and best utilizes the resources available.

We strive to assist and educate our students by providing the best service possible so that they can focus on their educational experience.

Financial Aid Office

The LSSU Financial Aid Office staff is available to assist students with the financial aid process. Our experienced staff is available during office hours to respond to financial aid questions and requests. No appointments are necessary. Students are assisted in the office on a walk-in basis or may call (906) 635-2678 to speak with a financial aid representative.  The Financial Aid Office email address is and website is  The Financial Aid Office is located in the Fletcher Center for Student Services on the campus of Lake Superior State University.

Financial Aid Offer

Financial aid is any money used for students' educational expenses and includes grants, scholarships, loans and student employment.  An offer of financial aid in the form of a university scholarship is made when a qualified student is initially admitted to LSSU.  Other offers of aid follow the admission and receipt of federal applications or athletic tenders.  LSSU participates in federal, state and province aid programs and provides a generous institutional scholarship and grant program. An “Official Offer of Award” letter from the Financial Aid Office is sent after all documents needed to complete a student award are received and reviewed. 

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

To apply for most types of aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application must be renewed each academic year for a student to continue receiving financial aid. The priority filing date for the FAFSA is March 1, and students who have completed a FAFSA by this date will be considered first for priority financial aid. Priority aid includes certain federal and state grants, the Perkins Loan and Federal Work Study.  Title IV School Code for LSSU is 002293.

Scholarship Selection

Scholarship recipients are usually selected based on competitive examinations, scholastic records and/or financial need. The American College Test (ACT) serves as the University’s primary test for scholarship applicants. Test results must be on file by March 1.

Scholarship requirements: Incoming freshmen must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and ACT of 21 to automatically qualify for a scholarship. The recipient of any award must be a full-time student carrying 12 academic hours or more each semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements for the Retention of Financial Aid at Lake Superior State University

If you are receiving any form of financial aid, you must meet these satisfactory academic progress requirements to retain your aid each semester.

Financial aid regulations require that a student must make satisfactory progress to remain eligible for financial aid. Financial aid programs affected by this policy include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal College Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, State of Michigan and Institutional Scholarships, Grants, Loan and Work Programs.

The minimum requirements for all types of financial aid include three standard measures — the cumulative GPA, the number of credits earned each semester, and the pace of completing your degree. In addition, there are some types of aid with more stringent requirements, such as scholarship renewal requirements.

1. Minimum GPA Standard
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 each semester to remain in good standing.

2. Credits Earned Standard
Each student’s progress in total overall credits attempted and earned will be reviewed every semester. Students must earn 67% of the total number of credits attempted to maintain eligibility for aid.

            Overall            Must Earn      Attempted       Must Earn      Attempted       Must Earn
     Attempted Credits       67%           Credits              67%             Credits              67%   

             200                    134               20-21               14                 11-12                 8
             150                    101                 19                   13                    10                    7
             100                      67               17-18               12                    8-9                   6
               75                      51                  16                  11                      7                     5
               50                      34               14-15               10                    5-6                   4
               25                      17                  13                    9                      4                     3
                                                                                                               1-3                  all

Each semester the total number of credits attempted and earned will be evaluated, including
remedial coursework. All prior LSSU credits will be used to determine if the student has earned at least 67% of their total credits attempted. For example, if a student attempts 16 credits for fall and 16 credits for spring semester, the student must earn 22 credits to meet the 67% completion requirement. (16 + 16 = 32 x 67% = 21.44 credits or 22.)

NOTE:  Transfer credits that have been evaluated and accepted for credit at LSSU will be added to both the credits attempted and earned cumulative totals, however, transfer students must also earn 67% of their LSSU credits each semester to maintain good standing.  Consortium students must earn 67% of the combined total credits each semester (credits at both LSSU & the community college) to maintain good standing at LSSU.

Maximum Time Frame — 150% of Length of Program

A student must complete the highest degree being sought within 150% of the published length of his/her program. For example, students working on a baccalaureate program of 124 credits may receive aid for 186 attempted credits, including transfer attempted credits:

Degree            Average Credits Needed       Maximum Time Frame
Certificate                         32                          Within 48 attempted credit
LPN Certificate                  46                          Within 69 attempted credits
Pre-Nursing BSN               56                          Within 84 attempted credits
Associate                          52                          Within 93 attempted credits
Bachelor                          124                         Within 186 attempted credits
Teaching Certificate        136                          Within 204 attempted credits
Master’s                            36                          Within 54 attempted credits


If a student does not meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each semester, the student will be given one warning semester. Students may receive aid during the warning semester. If a student fails to meet the standard for the second consecutive semester enrolled, the financial aid will be suspended. During the WARNING SEMESTER, it is highly recommended that students plan ahead and work with an advisor to correct deficiencies. 

Financial Aid Suspension

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.  The directions and required forms for the appeal process are available online at

Financial Aid Self-Reinstatement

Once financial aid is suspended, both the cumulative GPA and credit hour completion standards 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.

Repeat Policy for Financial Aid Recipients

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.

LSSU Scholarship Renewal Requirements

Congratulations on receiving a Lake Superior State University scholarship.  If your scholarship was offered to you as a “renewable” award, it is important that you have met the criteria listed below each spring when your eligibility is reviewed for the next year.

General renewal requirements include:

  1. You must earn a minimum of 24 LSSU credits each academic year while receiving a scholarship, unless otherwise noted in your award, and the minimum cumulative GPA as required by the award.
  2. You must maintain enrollment each semester (fall & spring) as a continuous full- time LSSU student.  Enrollment for summer semester is not included.
  3. If you withdraw or leave LSSU for any reason, your scholarship will automatically terminate.  If you plan to leave for a study abroad program, internship or health reasons, you may request to have your scholarship reinstated on appeal when you return.
  4. To receive the room and board component of any scholarship, you must be in the on-campus room and board program for the semester.  If you leave on-campus housing, the room and board award will be terminated.  If you return to campus housing (you must be on the room and board plan for the full semester), you can request reinstatement of the room and board component prior to the beginning of the semester you return.
  5. Most scholarships offered to freshmen are renewable for up to four years.  Students in the nine semester teaching program may be eligible to receive a renewable scholarship in the fifth year of the program.
  6. Changing majors does not affect the Board of Trustees’ Scholarships, but may affect departmental awards that require enrollment in certain majors.
  7. Scholarships are not reinstated on appeal, except for students who have left school for reasons stated in #3.
  8. The scholarship renewal policy is separate from the University’s Academic Standards and Satisfactory Progress Standards for the retention of other forms of financial aid. 
  9. If you do not meet renewal requirements when your eligibility is reviewed each May but raise your GPA or credits earned to the minimum requirements prior to the start of the following fall semester, you must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing that your student record has been updated with new information warranting a review.
  10. Graduating students in their final 8th semester may request a prorated award if full-time enrollment is not required to complete the degree.
  11. Any special terms or conditions noted in an official scholarship offer letter may override the general terms outlined here.

 Note:   Some types of financial aid awards, such as an employee rebate, the Native American Tuition Waiver, or the Tuition Incentive Program, could affect your eligibility for an LSSU scholarship. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

In addition to earning the minimum number of credits (24) required each year, 
scholarship winners must meet the following minimum cumulative GPA
requirements to maintain their awards:

                                        LSSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES SCHOLARSHIPS

* DISTINGUISHED or higher                           ** Other Institutional Scholarships
   (Tuition value $4000 or more)

   3.00 GPA or better after two                            2.50 GPA or better after two 
   semesters of study                                          semesters of study
   3.10 GPA or better after four                            2.60 GPA or better after four 
   semesters of study                                           semesters of study
   3.20 GPA or better after six                              2.70 GPA or better after six 
   semesters of study                                           semesters of study

 *  Includes other renewable institutional scholarships with a tuition value of the
     Freshmen Distinguished Scholarship or higher.
** Includes all other renewable institutional scholarships except as noted on the
     offer of award. Recipients of the Laker USA In-State Tuition Scholarship must
     meet a minimum 2.0 GPA to retain their award.

Note: Transfer credits are included when determining "semesters of study."

Departmental scholarship recipients must notify the Financial Aid Office if changing
their major course of study to determine the effect on their award!

 New Scholarships for Current Students

Renewable scholarships are based on your grade level and number of credits transferred or earned at the time of your award.  For example, if you are offered a renewable scholarship as a sophomore, you will generally be eligible for two additional years of scholarship.  If an ending date is not stated in your offer of scholarship, please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about the renewal features of your award.  Except for students in their fifth year of the teaching program, scholarships are generally not available to students with more than four years of higher education or eight semesters of study or more than 124 attempted credits.

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