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:

Associate Degree

  • Full-time: 6 semesters (3 years)
  • Part-time: 12 semesters (6 years)

Bachelor Degree

  • Full-time: 12 semesters (6 years)
  • Part-time: 24 semesters (12 years)

Master’s Degree

  • Full-time: 18 terms (3 years)
  • Part-time: 36 terms (6 years)

Ed.D.

  • Full-time: 13.5 terms (4.5 years)
  • Part-time: 27 terms (9 years)

Ph.D.

  • 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)

Master’s Degree

  • Full-time: 24 credits (annually)
  • Part-time: 12 credits (annually)

Ed.D.

  • Full-time: 12 credits (annually)
  • Part-time: 6 credits (annually)

Ph.D.

  • 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).

Appeal and Reinstatement

Students that do not meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) by both qualitative and quantitative measures will have an opportunity to appeal their circumstances. An appeal form must be completed by the student, their parent if they are a dependent student, and their academic advisor. It must be submitted to the Financial Aid Committee. The appeal must be provided with supporting documentation within 30 days of receiving the federal financial aid termination letter. Students that do not file an appeal, or who have their appeal denied, will be eligible for reinstatement of Title IV aid once all satisfactory academic progress standards (course completion and GPA requirements) are met; their eligibility will be reviewed during the next SAP review period which is at the end of spring/spring II.

The Standards of Academic progress apply to the following programs:

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)
Federal Parent Loan for undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Federal Work Study program
Federal TEACH Grant

In addition, specific financial aid programs require the following academic achievements for renewals:

Presidential Scholarship, Top Achievers Scholarship and Academic Achievement Scholarship – 3.5 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.

Merit Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Transfer Scholarship, Academic Grant – 2.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.

Lynn University Grant – 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the end of the spring semester.

Music Scholarship – 2.75 cumulative grade point average, a B or better in Applied Music Instrument lessons, and fulfill requirements set forth in the Conservatory Student Handbook.

Athletic Scholarship – 2.0 cumulative grade point average each semester.

Veterans Benefits

Students who fail to achieve the desired level of academic performance after two consecutive semesters of academic probation will be terminated for Veterans Administration pay purposes. GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Academic Forgiveness

The forgiveness policy allows a student, who has changed his or her major, specialization or minor to discount up to two courses in the abandoned program. The transcript will reflect the student’s complete record with an added notation of “Academic Forgiveness Declared” by the selected course(s); however, the grade(s) will not be calculated in the cumulative GPA. Neither the grades nor the credits will be counted toward graduation requirements. A forgiveness policy form is available in the registrar’s office and will need the signature of the dean of the school of the newly chosen program, as well as registrar approval. The forgiveness policy may only be used once in a student’s college career. However, student requesting an academic forgiveness at Lynn University are not eligible to change their federal status for meeting the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid. Therefore, the financial aid must always include all courses attempted and taken in evaluating the student’s satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility.

Academic Bankruptcy

Students requesting an academic bankruptcy at Lynn University are not eligible to change their federal status for standards of satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid. The federal guidelines prohibit the concept of academic bankruptcy. Therefore, the financial aid office must always include all courses attempted and taken in evaluating the student’s satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility.