Satisfactory Standards of Academic Progress for all Financial Aid
In order to continue receiving federal and state financial aid, a student must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the program of study. The student must be moving toward the goal of graduation.
STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS
In order to continue to receive federal and institutional need-based aid, the student must successfully earn 67 percent of all attempted credits.
In addition to completing a certain number of attempted credits, if students are to continue to receive institutional and federal financial aid, they are required to achieve the cumulative GPA as listed below:
Credits Earned: Required CUM GPA
54 and above: 2.00
Graduate Students: 2.00
For the definition of attempted and earned credits and for the formula of the calculation of the GPA, please contact the Registrar.
Some scholarships require a higher GPA for renewal.
MAXIMUM TIME FRAME
The maximum time frame for completion of the undergraduate or graduate program cannot exceed 150 percent of the published program length for a full-time student. For example, the minimum credits for an undergraduate to complete a program is 120; therefore, the student would have a maximum time frame of 180 attempted credits to complete the program before loss of eligibility for federal and institutional aid.
MEASUREMENT OF PROGRESS
Academic progress for each student will be measured in May or at the end of the summer session. If a student does not meet these standards of academic progress, then that student will not be considered for federal or institutional funds. In order for the student’s eligibility to be reinstated, the student’s grades must meet the required levels.
APPEALS OF PROGRESS
Appeals may be based on either the death of a relative, a serious personal illness or injury, or other extenuating circumstances. The student must be able to demonstrate that the illness, injury, or extenuating circumstance had a direct impact on the student’s academic performance. If a student had mitigating circumstances preventing completion of the program within the 150 percent time frame, then an appeal may be made based upon this.
All appeals for waivers of academic progress must be done in writing and be accompanied by the Financial Aid Progress Appeal form, which can be found in the Forms section of this Web site. Please follow the directions on this form, and submit it to Student Financial Services after it has been reviewed and signed by an Assistant Dean or Graduate Program Director. If the Student Financial Services Appeals Committee feels that there are mitigating circumstances that had a direct bearing on the student’s academic performance, then the student can be funded during a probationary period for one semester.
If a student fails to meet the standards of academic progress at the end of the probationary period, then the student becomes ineligible for Federal Financial Aid.
The University’s Academic Censure Policy and its Standards for Academic Progress for Financial Aid are two distinct policies. The University may allow a student to enroll for a semester but elect to withhold funding.
STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS FOR THE PHEAA STATE GRANT PROGRAM
The student must successfully complete at least 24 credits of new passing coursework for every two semesters of full-time PHEAA State Grant assistance received. For part time PHEAA State Grant recipients, the above requirement will be prorated. (A student may appeal this directly to PHEAA.)
FINANCIAL AID POLICIES
The University reserves the right to reduce financial aid due to a change in the student’s enrollment or housing status or if a student receives additional funding from an outside source. Financial aid may also be reduced if there has been an error in the calculation of a student’s financial aid, as a result of verification, or if a student missed a deadline date.
For study abroad, students are permitted to use a maximum of $1,000 from any one La Salle University grant or scholarship funding. This would include Founder’s Scholarship, Mission Grant, SEOG Grant, and any endowed scholarship that La Salle has a hand in awarding. These are the only La Salle aid funds that may be awarded for study abroad. Athletic money cannot be used during the semester abroad. Also, students using $1,000 from the Founder’s Grant should be aware that this will be counted as one of the eight semesters of eligibility.
If a student is doing a co-op/internship and will be enrolled in fewer than 12 credits during that semester, he or she must come to the Office of Student Financial Services to see how his or her financial aid may change due to differences in tuition charges and credits. If a student is enrolled in at least 12 credits during the co-op/internship semester, his or her financial aid will not change.
Students interested in study abroad should make an appointment in the Office of Student Financial Services as soon as possible to discuss their individual situations.
La Salle University reserves the right to reduce University need-based or non-need-based funding in the event an “overaward” occurs due to a change in a student’s enrollment, housing, or financial situation, or if additional outside funding is made available to a student. There are five types of overawards:
- When the total of a student’s grants and scholarships exceeds the student's direct costs for tuition, room, board, and fees, La Salle University reserves the right to reduce institutional funding, either need-based or merit-based. All outside grants and scholarships will be applied first to University charges. University grants and scholarships will then be applied to subsequent University charges. The one exception to this policy is athletic aid, as the NCAA regulations take precedent.
If a student receives more funding than the student’s federally calculated need allows, the University is required to resolve the overaward per federal and institutional policy, which prohibits a student from receiving aid in excess of need.
- If a student is awarded additional aid, which causes the total of all aid to exceed the federally calculated need, then there must be a reduction in the financial aid. To resolve this overaward, financial aid will be reduced in the following order: Perkins Loan, Federal Work Study, SEOG, La Salle grant, and Stafford Loan.
- If a student has been awarded one or more La Salle University merit-based scholarships and then is subsequently awarded a half-tuition or greater scholarship, then the student becomes ineligible for those La Salle University merit-based scholarships.
- The total amount of all financial aid for a student cannot exceed that student's financial aid cost of attendance. Financial aid includes Federal PLUS loans and alternative loans.
- If a student earns in excess of the Federal Work Study award, then La Salle University reserves the right to reduce other need-based aid.
Exception: If a student has already been awarded need-based aid and subsequently receives additional funding, such as a private scholarship, then no other aid will be reduced as long as the total of the financial aid does not exceed need.
It is the responsibility of all financial aid applicants to check their La Salle e-mail and mylasalle accounts for notices concerning financial aid deadlines, policies, procedures, and eligibility. Important information may be sent through e-mail or posted on the Web site rather than through paper correspondence.