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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Graduate students who receive financial aid at Delta State University must con- form to the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress set by the University and outlined here. These guidelines encourage graduate students to successfully com- plete their educational goals in a timely manner. It is important to remember that this SAP Policy is administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance and is separate from the Scholastic Standards, including academic probation and aca- demic suspension, which is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The minimum academic standards a graduate student must meet in order to receive financial assistance are illustrated in this chart:

Minimum Qualitative Standards

Hours Attempted

Ratio of hours passed

0-6

100%

7 - 11

100%

12+

100%

Minimum Qualitative Academic Standards

Overall hours attempted

Grade Point Average

0-6

2.50

7 - 11

2.75

12+

3.00

Federal regulations require that a student complete the requirements for one graduate degree within a reasonable time frame.

Students who are pursuing a second graduate degree may be required to provide proof of first degree from the Registrar’s office.

Financial aid funds may not be used to cover any repeats of graduate courses.

Graduate students who withdraw - officially or unofficially - are not eligible for aid the remainder of that semester or the following semester.

I’s, W’s, and F’s are not considered successful completions. Financial aid is not awarded for audits or correspondence courses.

A hold/suspension of financial aid might be placed on a graduate student whose enrollment record, including but not limited to: course drops, withdrawal from school, degree progress, indicates to the financial aid staff/director a recurring pattern. such a student may be required to complete an Appeal Form and sched- ule a conference with the financial aid staff/director.

Graduate students who are denied reinstatement of financial aid funds may be reinstated to good standing for financial aid purposes as soon as they are once again making satisfactory progress as outlined in this policy. Those graduate stu- dents who attempt to reinstate eligibility after being denied must do so without benefit of financial assistance from any of the Title IV funds and must improve their standing while attending Delta State unless otherwise advised by the DSU Financial Aid staff/director. Academic progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester. Graduate students will be notified in writing of any action taken regarding their loss of eligibility for financial assistance.

All students have the right to appeal decisions regarding holds/suspension of financial assistance. A student may file an appeal by completing a Request for Reinstatement of Financial Aid form with appropriate documentation. Requests for Reinstatement should be submitted at least ten (10) working days prior to the last day to register. All requests will be reviewed within ten (10) working days of

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