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Academic Standards For Renewal of Aid

Standards for Measuring Satisfactory Academic Progress of Financial Aid Recipients

Standards of satisfactory academic progress for student aid recipients measure both the quantity and quality of course work completed.

All credit hours attempted, with the exception of credit hours dropped during the first two weeks of the semester (or corresponding time for Summer session courses), are counted to determine placement in the schedule below.

In addition, federal regulations require that student aid eligibility be terminated once a student has attempted 150% of the credit hours needed to complete an undergraduate degree program. Satisfactory academic progress is measured once each academic year at the end of the Spring semester.


Definitions of "Good Academic Standing"

Class Hours Earned Cumulative GPA Needed
Freshman 1-33 1.8
Sophomore 34-59 1.9
Junior 60-89 2.0
Senior 90 and above 2.0

Progress Towards Degree Completion

Students must make continual measurable progress toward completion of their degree. Measurable progress means that from the beginning of a student's enrollment at Lees-McRae College, a specified minimum number of credit hours must be successfully completed. Refer to the Satisfactory Progress chart in the College Catalog.


Transfer Credits

Credits transferred into Lees-McRae College are included as credits earned to determine placement in the above schedule.


Treatment of "W", "I", "X" and "F" Grades

Credits for all courses with these grades will be added to credits earned to determine placement in the above schedule.


Repeated Courses

Credits for all repeated courses will be included in the total of credits earned.


Time Limit on Degree Completion

Students must complete degree requirements within 150% of the published program length. Generally speaking, a full-time undergraduate student will have up to 12 semesters in which to complete their degree requirements. Lees-McRae College does not provide student financial aid to undergraduate students attempting more than 180 credits.


Appeals and Reinstatement of Eligibility

If a determination is made that a financial aid applicant is not making satisfactory academic progress, the applicant will be considered ineligible for all student financial aid programs for the next academic period. If a student believes that there are extenuating circumstances that contributed to the failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress, the determination of student aid ineligibility may be appealed to the Director of Student Financial Aid. Student appeals should be submitted in writing. Student appeals not resolved by the Director of Student Financial Aid may be further appealed to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee.

A student who makes unsatisfactory academic progress has the opportunity to earn credit hours and meet the minimum requirement during the summer term(s). Students who are deficient in hours may take transferable courses at other institutions with prior approval from the Office of Academic Affairs and by notifying the Office of Financial Aid in writing. A student who makes unsatisfactory academic progress is not eligible for financial aid for summer term(s).

Students seeking a second degree that causes their attendance to exceed the time frame according to their enrollment may request a time extension.

The above Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress are not designed to replace the standards that the College uses for Academic Dismissal/Probation. It is possible for a student to lose financial aid eligibility without losing status as a degree candidate. However, once a student loses status as a degree candidate, he or she will also lose eligibility for financial aid.

Student aid eligibility may be reinstated during the academic year once a student successfully completes the required number of credits with the required cumulative grade point average.