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Financial Aid - Standards Of Satisfactory Academic Progress And Eligibility

Lutheran School of Nursing has established GPA and Pace measures 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.

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

Pace requirements:
University and level I students must complete 50% of all cumulative hours attempted, level II students must complete 67% of all cumulative hours attempted. Attempted hours are hours enrolled on the first day of the term. A student may not attempt more than 126 hours.

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 both GPA 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 work study. 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.

 

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 to 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.

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