Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal & State Grants, Loans, Work Study
Academic Progress is reviewed for all grants, loans, and work study programs. Students must meet a GPA requirement, an earned hour requirement, and have not exceeded the maximum number of attempted hours allowed.
Academic progress for Financial Aid is typically checked once an academic year, at the conclusion of a Spring semester and is reviewed primarily on the hours attempted during both the Fall and Spring semesters of the student’s last academic year of attendance.
Listed below are the basic criteria students must meet to be eligible for all federal and state grants, loans, and work study programs. To review the full policy governing Satisfactory Academic Progress for the receipt of Title IV Financial Aid at LSU Alexandria go to: LSUA SAP Policy
All students receiving grants, loans, or work study must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Earned Hour Requirement
All students must have cumulatively earned at least 70% of the hours the student has cumulatively attempted. An earned hour is a credit hour for which the student has a grade of A, B, C, D, or P posted for the course. An attempted hour is any credit hour that is listed on the student's transcript regardless of the grade associated with the course. Please note, hours forgiven through Academic Bankruptcy a student's GPA calculation are still considered attempted hours. However, bankrupted credits are no longer earned credits.
Total Attempted Hours
Students are allowed to attempt a maximum of 150% of the hours required to complete their current degree program of record over the lifetime of enrollment in college. All hours attempted while enrolled in post-secondary education count as attempted hours. This includes withdrawals, incompletes, hours forgiven through academic bankruptcy, and hours attempted while pursuing other degree programs other than the student’s current degree program. (Credit hours with grades of A, B, C, D, F, W, P, NC, and I grades are all considered as attempted hours. In addition to these grades, all credit hours forgiven through Academic Bankruptcy are also considered as attempted hours.)
The chart below details the maximum hours a student can attempt for each degree program.
|Degree Program ||Hours Required to Complete ||Maximum Hours Allowed to Attempt |
|Associate of Arts ||60 ||90 |
|Associate in Criminal Justice ||66 ||99 |
|Associate Science in Nursing ||72 ||108 |
|Associate of Science ||60 ||90 |
|AS in Clinical Laboratory Science ||76 ||114 |
|AS in Radiologic Technology ||72 ||108 |
|Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Arts in English ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Arts in History ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of General Studies ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Liberal Studies ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Science in Biology ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Science Elementary Education ||122 ||183 |
|Bachelor of Science in Mathematics ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Science in Nursing ||120 ||180 |
|Bachelor of Science in Psychology ||120 ||180 |
|Certificate in Pharmacy Technology ||41 ||61 |