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Financial Aid - Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Lutheran School of Nursing has established Qualitative, Quantitative and Pace requirements to evaluate the efforts of all students, including financial aid recipients, to achieve a diploma. Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are evaluated at the end of the Fall, Spring and Summer Terms.

Qualitative requirements:
All students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 term GPA. Transfer grades, withdrawal and incompletes are not counted in the GPA. Most recent grade of repeated coursework is calculated in the GPA.

Quantitative requirements:

84 credit hour program Pre-nursing and Level I students in the must complete 50% of all term hours attempted, Level II students must complete 67% of all term hours attempted. Attempted hours are hours enrolled on the first day of the term

68 credit hour program students with 0 to 34 credit hours earned must complete 50% of all term hours attempted, students with 35 to 68 credit hours earned must complete 67% of all term hours attempted. Attempted hours are hours enrolled on the first day of the term.

Pace requirement:
A student may not attempt more than 1.5 times the number of credit hours of their program during their entire program. Students in the 84 credit hour program may not attempt more than may not attempt more than 126 hours for the entire program. Students enrolled in the 68 credit hour program cannot attempt more than 102 credit hours during their entire enrollment. Attempted hours are hours enrolled on the first day of the term.

Grades of incomplete and withdrawal count as hours attempted but not hours earned. Transfer hours count as both. All attempts of repeat coursework are counted as hours attempted, only the first attempt with a passing grade is counted as hours earned.

Satisfactory Academic Progress is earned when a student meets the qualitative, quantitative and pace requirements at the end of a term.

Financial Aid Warning

Students who fail to meet either the GPA or Pace requirement will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the next term attended and notified in writing. The student is still eligible to receive federal financial aid but is ineligible for institutional employment. A student should evaluate if it is best to attend a sixteen week term or eight week term while on financial aid warning.

Student failure to reach satisfactory academic progress by obtaining the GPA and Pace requirements at the end of the term will result in loss of financial aid eligibility and dismissal from the school. Student may appeal if qualified as outlined in the appeal guidelines.

Appeal of Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

A student may appeal unsatisfactory academic progress based upon documented unusual circumstances such as death of a parent, or illness of the student. The student must also be showing progression toward obtain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Appeals should be addressed to the APAS Committee and must contain the following items:

  1. Typed letter from the student detailing the issue that caused the student to be unsuccessful and how the issue has been resolved.
  2. Documentation from a third party of the unusual circumstance.

The student will be required to attend a regularly scheduled APAS meeting. The student will receive the results of the appeal in writing. Granted Appeals result in the student assigned either one term of financial aid probation or an individual academic plan.

Financial Aid Probation
Status assigned to student for next term attended following successful appeal. Student failure to reach satisfactory academic progress by obtaining the GPA and Pace requirements at the end of the term result in loss of financial aid eligibility and dismissal from the school. The student is ineligible to appeal.

Individual Academic Plan
Status assigned to student following successful appeal. The plan will place a specific increasing GPA and Pace to be obtained at the end of each academic term. Student failure to meet the terms will result in loss of financial aid eligibility and dismissal from the school. The student is ineligible to appeal.

When a student interrupts education because of dismissal or leave of absence, reinstatement of financial aid will be determined by the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Coordinator will determine eligibility based on Federal requirements for the new enrollment period. The student will initiate the process by making an appointment to talk with the Financial Aid Coordinator. A student can receive Federal Title IV Financial Aid for each level of the program, for any repeat course, provided they qualify for funding according to the rules and regulations for Title IV programs.

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