Federal regulations require that students applying for funding through the Title IV Student Aid Programs must meet and maintain minimum academic progression requirements referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progression (SAP). Title IV Student Aid Programs include Federal Direct Subsidized Loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Direct GradPLUS Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grant, and Federal Supplemental Educational Grant (SEOG). Although the SAP requirements apply primarily to Federal Student Aid Programs, other financial aid programs (state, institutional, and private) may require the same or similar academic measurements to determine eligibility. Currently enrolled students and students newly accepted in an academic program can access a detailed policy on the LSU Health Sciences Center Intranet after activating their LSU Health Network ID and password. Prospective student can request the policy from the Student Financial Aid Office.
All new, transfer, re-entry, and continuing students applying for federal student aid at LSU Health Shreveport must adhere to the terms of this policy. Students continuing enrollment from terms prior to Fall 2018 and applying for financial aid for 2018-2019 must meet the terms of the Financial Aid SAP policy that was in place during the 2017-2018 school year (including Summer 2018). New students enrolling for the first time in 2018-2019 (including Summer 2019) must meet the terms of 2018-2019 Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
The Federal Student Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy differs from other institutional academic policies, but is consistent with the minimum graduation requirements in place prior to the start of the effective school year. The Financial Aid SAP policy considers only an "F" grade as a failing grade, whereas, the academic programs consider "D" and "F" grades as failing grades. The Financial Aid SAP policy does not monitor the number of "C" or "D" grades received by a student. The academic departments, however, limits the number of "C" and "D" grades that students can receive while enrolled in their current academic programs. Revisions to this policy and implementation, thereof, may not coincide with changes to mid-year academic program policy. A student who has an academic dismissal recommendation overridden by the Dean is not automatically eligible for financial aid. The student is still required to meet Financial Aid SAP requirements or appeal successfully to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. It is possible for a student to be in good academic standing with their academic program and be ineligible for financial aid because of the student's failure to meet the Financial Aid SAP requirements.
Financial Aid Appeals
Students who fail to meet the Financial Aid SAP standards will be notified by the Student Financial Aid Office at the end of each term or prior to awarding, if a new applicant. The notice will include the student's financial aid status, reasons for loss of financial aid eligibility, reinstatement requirements, and instructions for submitting a financial aid appeal. If the student’s appeal is denied, the student will be ineligible for financial aid until the student meets the SAP requirements.
SAP Evaluation Measures
Refer to headings "Medicine" and "Allied Health Professions and Graduate Studies" for SAP requirements specific to academic programs.
The U.S. Department of Education requires that a financial aid applicant and recipient meet three standards that measure progression through their educational program. The two standards are Qualitative Measure and Pace (Completion Rate and Maximum Timeframe) Measure.
A. Qualitative Measure (Grade-based): Official grades are recorded by the Registrar's Office and will be used to compute a cumulative grade point average or total course score. The minimum qualitative requirement varies by student category (undergraduate, graduate, professional).
B. Pace Measures (Time-based):
- Completion Rate: The completion rate is determined by dividing the total number of hours successfully completed by the total number of hours attempted. Percentages are not rounded. All LSU Health Shreveport coursework taken for the student's current academic program are counted in the completion rate, even if financial aid was not awarded during the term that the coursework was taken.
- Maximum Timeframe: The maximum time allowed for each degree starts with the first term of enrollment after initial acceptance in a LSU Health Shreveport academic program, even if financial aid was not awarded during those terms. If a financial aid SAP evaluation determines a student cannot graduate within the maximum timeframe allowed, the student will become ineligible immediately regardless of the length of time enrolled or the number of hours the student has pursued during his or her academic career.