Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

The Higher education Act of 1965, as amended, requires students to maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree in order to receive financial aid. At Lawrence Technological University, these standards are established for students who are receiving or applying for financial aid from one or more of the various federal, state, or institutional grant, scholarship, work, or loan programs.

The Lawrence Technological University Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid applies to all students who wish to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility. This policy applies separately to each degree program the student pursues, in its entirety, including semesters in which financial aid was not applied for or disbursed.

These standards require that students complete a specific number of credit hours each academic year and maintain the minimum GPA as defined by the standards. These are minimum standards that must be completed. Specific aid programs or college or department standards may vary and/or require more than these minimum standards.

The academic progress of financial aid recipients will be monitored a minimum of once each academic year. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions regarding the intent and interpretation of this policy. 

 

REQUIRED COURSE COMPLETION RATE

A. Full- and part-time students must progress toward completion of their degree within a specified time frame. To meet this requirement, a student must successfully complete, with a grade of D or better, at least two-thirds (67%) of their cumulative credit hours attempted, based on the following schedule, or they will be denied aid until the deficient credits are earned at their own expense. Requirements may be satisfied on a cumulative total basis with eligibility terminating upon successful completion of all degree requirements, or when a student has attempted credit hours totaling 150% of the required credit hours for the student's program of study.

Examples

Attempted

Minimum Completion Requirement

  6 credits

4 credits

12 credits

8 credits

15 credits

10 credits

18 credits

12 credits

66 credits

44 credits

100 credits

66 credits

132 credits

87 credits

198 credits

132 credits

 

DURATION OF PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY

Financial aid eligibility is suspended when credits required for a degree/program are earned or when the student has attempted credit hours totaling 150% of the required credit hours for the student's program of study.

Examples

Program  Length

Maximum Attempted Hours Allowed

10 credits

15 credits

15 credits

22 credits

30 credits

45 credits

45 credits

67 credits

120 credits

180 credits

131 credits

196 credits

132 credits

198 credits

 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) REQUIREMENTS

Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of  2.00.  Failure to achieve this standard will result in the suspension of eligibility until the cumulative GPA is 2.00.  Please note that a college or department may require more than a 2.00 GPA to remain in satisfactory academic standing.

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.  Failure to achieve this standard will result in the suspension of eligibility until the cumulative GPA is 2.75.  Please note that a college or department may require more than a 2.75 GPA to remain in satisfactory academic standing.

 

TRANSFER CREDITS

Upon admission, transfer students will be assumed to be maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

After admission to the university, courses successfully completed in subsequent terms at another institution that fulfill degree requirements at Lawrence Technological University may be used to achieve satisfactory academic progress compliance.  Students must provide documentation to the Office of Financial Aid regarding such credit.

 

NON-CREDIT COURSE WORK

Incompletes, non-credit course work, audits, and withdrawals will not be counted towards meeting the minimum credit hour completion requirement but will count towards the number of attempted hours.

 

REPETITIONS AND GRADE RESET

Students may repeat a course in which a passing grade was previously earned to improve their grade, however, each repeat will count towards the number of credit hours attempted. Students that have their grades reset (only classes with grades less than a C- are eligible for reset) will also have their attempted hours added to the total credit hours attempted for review.

 

EVALUATION PROCESS

The Office of Financial Aid will evaluate the progress of each student according to these standards on an annual basis.

 

APPEAL PROCESS & SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS QUESTIONS

When a determination is made by Lawrence Tech that a student has failed to make satisfactory academic progress, the student's financial aid eligibility will be suspended.  Students have the opportunity to appeal the determination by submitting, in writing, a letter explaining why the student failed to make satisfactory academic progress and what has changed in the student's situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation.  Any appropriate supporting documentation must also be submitted.

Reasons for appeal may include death of a relative, injury of illness of the student, or other special circumstances.  Appeals will be reviewed on an individual, case-by-case basis.