Financial aid is awarded contingent upon the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic standing and progress (SAP) toward a degree. Students on federal financial aid (Title IV) will be evaluated annually, both qualitatively and quantitatively, at the end of the spring semester for Day Division students and at the end of the Spring II term for Online and Graduate Division students. To assess the quality of a student’s work, Lynn University uses the Fixed Standard. That is at the end of Spring/Spring II, associate’s/bachelor’s students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, master’s degree students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and doctoral students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. For the quantitative measure, a student must complete his/her degree within a specific time frame, as shown below:
Students receiving Title IV funding must complete their degrees within a specific time frame as follows:
- Full-time: 6 semesters (3 years)
- Part-time: 12 semesters (6 years)
- Full-time: 12 semesters (6 years)
- Part-time: 24 semesters (12 years)
- Full-time: 18 terms (3 years)
- Part-time: 36 terms (6 years)
- Full-time: 13.5 terms (4.5 years)
- Part-time: 27 terms (9 years)
- Full-time: 30 terms (7.5 years)
- Part-time: 60 terms (15 years)
Each Title IV recipient must meet a specific measurement of academic progress within the specified time frame as follows:
Associate Degree/Bachelor Degree
- Full-time: 20 credits (annually)
- Part-time: 10 credits (annually)
- Full-time: 24 credits (annually)
- Part-time: 12 credits (annually)
- Full-time: 12 credits (annually)
- Part-time: 6 credits (annually)
- Full-time: 8 credits (annually)
- Part-time: 4 credits (annually)
A course that receives a grade of “W” for a course withdrawal or a grade of an “I” for an incomplete or a falling grade of a “F” or an “NP” for Not Pass will be evaluated as a non-completed course. These noncompleted courses will jeopardize the student to be able to meet the Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid.
In summary, all students must meet both criteria; the grade point average requirement and degree time frame completion, in order to continue to receive financial assistance. In essence, at least 67% of the cumulative courses attempted must be completed with a 2.0 or above cumulative grade point average for the associate/ bachelor’s program, 3.0 or above cumulative grade point average for the master’s program and 3.25 or above cumulative grade point average for the doctoral program.
If by the end of the spring semester/term, a student fails to meet either of the requirements described above, he or she will be placed on financial aid probation for the next academic year.
This requires a student to complete an appeal process and be approved. This may allow the student to be eligible for federal financial aid reinstatement for the probationary semester. A student is removed from probationary status when his or her cumulative grade point average meets the required cumulative GPA and he or she completes at least 67% of the courses they attempted.
If a student fails to complete their probationary semester successfully, their federal financial aid will be terminated. The student will be eligible for reinstatement of Title IV aid once all satisfactory academic progress standards (course completion and GPA requirement) are met; their eligibility will be reviewed during the next SAP review period which is at the end of spring/spring II.
Repeat courses may not always be evaluated as any other normal course. Lynn University does allow repetition of a course in a student’s enrollment status for a term as long as student has never passed the course. Students can retake a passed course once to improve the initial grade and receive Title IV funds.
Transfer hours accepted toward completion of the student’s program both hours attempted and hours completed may not always be evaluated as any other normal course.
A student may appeal these standards if there has been undue hardship (i.e., medical, death, divorce).