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Financial Aid - Academic Progress

Effective for enrollment on or after July 1, 2011

Satisfactory Progress

Students wishing to apply for and receive Title IV assistance must meet specific academic progress requirements in order to maintain Title IV financial aid eligibility. Satisfactory academic progress requires that a student must accumulate a minimum number of credit hours over a maximum number of enrollment periods and a minimum cumulative grade point average for each period of attendance.

The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is listed below. Satisfactory progress is based on the following maximum academic terms (semesters or quarters) and earned credit hours per term. Transfer credit hours that are accepted by Lindenwood University will count as both attempted and completed hours.

Full-time Students – Undergraduate College

To be considered a full-time student at the undergraduate level, a semester student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework. Undergraduate quarter students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework.

At the end of each term of enrollment, all students must successfully complete a minimum number of credit hours towards graduation. The chart below indicates the minimum number of credit hours that must be completed for a student to retain full-time status. This requirement is in addition to the semester enrollment requirement listed above.


Academic Semesters Completed Minimum Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
8
16
26
36
46
57
68
80
92
104
116
128
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
Academic Quarters Completed Minimum Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
3
6
12
18
24
30
36
42
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
1.8
1.9
2.0



For each full-time quarter term after 8, a student must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each term and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 not to exceed a maximum of 23 full-time terms. Before each payment period, the student’s academic record will be checked for satisfactory academic progress.

Part-time undergraduate students must successfully complete at least 50 percent of their credit hours attempted and have academic standing at the point in the program that is consistent with Lindenwood University’s requirement for graduation.

Failure to maintain minimum academic progress will result in a student being ineligible to receive Title IV financial assistance following one financial aid warning term (semester or quarter).

Financial Aid Warning/Suspension Reinstatement

If a student fails to meet the minimum requirements as stated, the student will be placed on financial aid warning for the next succeeding term (semester or quarter) of enrollment. If at the end of the financial aid warning term the student does not meet the minimum requirements, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not be eligible for financial aid reinstatement until the minimum cumulative requirements of the policy are attained. Students placed on warning or suspension will have their Lindenwood University Institutional Grant reevaluated.

Withdrawal from the university has no effect on the student’s satisfactory progress upon re-entering.

Appeal

A student has the right to appeal if he/she feels that he/she has complied with the requirements of the satisfactory academic progress policy or believes that there are factors such as undo hardship because of the death of a relative, an injury or illness, or similar special circumstances that could affect the decision, or that said decision was not correctly made. To appeal a financial aid suspension, the student must submit an appeal letter with supporting documentation to the Director of Financial Aid. If the student’s appeal is granted, the student will be placed on Financial Aid probation and will have the next succeeding term of enrollment (semester or quarter) to meet the minimum requirements stated above. If the appeal is denied, the student will be ineligible to receive Title IV aid until the academic requirements are met.

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