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  Lindsey Wilson College's financial aid program offers a varietyof federal, state, and institutional funds.  Financial aidpackages may include grants, loans, and part-time employment. Scholarships may also be awarded to students based on theirfinancial need and/or academic achievement.  All financial aidprograms administered through the College require acceptance foradmission to the College and completion of the Free Application forFederal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students who complete theserequirements by February 1 receive priority.  Applicationssubmitted after that date will be subject to availability offunds.  Each applicant will be notified of financial aideligibility.  Awards will be made to qualified students untilfunds are depleted.  Students who are not eligible for federalprograms due to default status or drug-related charges or who arerejected by the federal government for other reasons will not beeligible to receive any financial assistance.

Lindsey Wilson College's financial aid program offers a variety of federal, state, and institutional funds.  Financial aid packages may include grants, loans, and part-time employment.  Scholarships may also be awarded to students based on their financial need and/or academic achievement.  All financial aid programs administered through the College require acceptance for admission to the College and completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students who complete these requirements by February 1 receive priority.  Applications submitted after that date will be subject to availability of funds.  Each applicant will be notified of financial aid eligibility.  Awards will be made to qualified students until funds are depleted.  Students who are not eligible for federal programs due to default status or drug-related charges or who are rejected by the federal government for other reasons will not be eligible to receive any financial assistance.

Note:   Grants and scholarships are awarded only in amounts equal to the direct educational assistance needed for the academic year at hand.  Direct educational expenses at Lindsey Wilson College are defined as tuition and fees, in addition to room and board for residential students.  All institutional grants and scholarships are awarded, according to individual need, after federal and state awards have been made.  Institutional grants and scholarships will be adjusted to prevent over-awarding.

No student will receive more than one institutional academic scholarship.  Except for the Begley Scholarship program, all tuition scholarships and grants will cover only the first 12-18 hours each fall and spring semester.  Students must pay for any hours more than 18.

Institutional grants and scholarships are available for eight consecutive semesters for bachelor's degree programs and four consecutive semesters for associate's degree programs, when all other restrictions are met.  All institutional scholarships and grants are subject to change without notice.

In accordance with federal regulations for students receiving federal assistance, Lindsey Wilson College has a policy concerning a drug-free environment.  This policy is available for review in the Office of the Vice President for Administration & Finance.

 

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy

 

Students may receive federal financial aid as a full-time or part-time student.  Part-time attendance will be prorated accordingly.  To remain eligible, the student must meet the conditions of minimum acceptable academic progress.  Students placed on probation will lose financial aid eligibility unless they:

  • Appeal their probation, and
  • Have a plan to achieve good academic standing. 

See the applicable section of this catalog, Minimum Acceptable Academic Progress. 

Academic Standing

 

Student Rank

A student's academic rank or classification is determined by the number of hours earned indicated as follows:

               Hours Earned        Rank                                        Hours Earned         Rank

                1-23                         Freshman                               55-90                       Junior

                24-54                       Sophomore                             91+                          Senior     

 

Minimum Acceptable Academic Progress

A student's academic performance will be reviewed fall and spring semesters based on grade point average (GPA).  Normal academic progress, based on GPA, will be determined after each semester based on cumulative hours attempted.  A student must meet minimum acceptable academic progress by complying with the standard in order to achieve and/or maintain good academic standing.  Any student with a 0 to 0.5 term GPA may be suspended.  

Note:  Compliance with standards of minimum acceptable academic progress does not imply that students meet program criteria applicable to particular major fields. In addition, student athletes must adhere to the standards of their individual sports program in order to maintain athletic eligibility. 

                Required GPA       Earned Credit Hours

                        1.25                         1-23

                        1.50                         24-47

                        2.00                         48 and above

Students must also earn 66.7% of hours attempted each term.  Students can receive financial aid for up to 150% of the hours required for the degree, including grades of W, F, I, repeats, and transfer hours (80 hours for bachelor's degree-seeking students; 90 hours for associate's degree-seeking students).  

Minimum acceptable academic progress, based on GPA and on quantitative measure of percent of attempted hours that were earned, will be determined after each semester based on cumulative hours attempted. Students failing to meet minimum acceptable academic progress, as outlined above, are subject to the following sanctions.

Warning Semester:  Students who fall below the minimum acceptable standards for academic progress for the semester will be placed on warning for the following semester.  During the warning term, sanctions may include repeating of courses, limitation of credit hours, structured study times in the Academic Success Center, development of individual learning contracts, adjustment of housing assignments, or limitation of participation in non-class, College-sponsored activities.  Student status will be reviewed at the end of the warning semester. 

Probation Semester:  At the end of the warning semester, students who continue to fall below the minimum acceptable standards for academic progress will be placed on probation.  Probation sanctions may include those named in the warning sanctions, as well as financial aid sanctions.  While probation is in effect, a student is subject to suspension from the College at any time when, in the opinion of instructors and the Vice President for Academic Affairs or Associate Academic Dean, the student's academic effort or social conduct fails to demonstrate a responsible approach to studies.  Student status will be reviewed at the end of the probation semester. 

Note:   Federal Financial Aid regulations mandate that students who are placed on probation must appeal their probation and have an approved plan to return to good academic standing in order to retain financial aid eligibility.   

Suspension Semester:  At the end of the probation semester, students who continue to fall below the minimum acceptable standards for academic progress will be suspended from the College for a semester.  When this happens, a student has the following options for gaining reinstatement: 

  1. During the suspension term, the student cannot take classes.  The suspended student may write a letter to the Admissions Committee requesting re-admittance to the College.  The letter should outline a plan for being successful upon return to the College.  Re-admittance should not be assumed.  Classes taken at another college or university during the suspension semester will not be accepted as transfer credits to Lindsey Wilson College.
  2. A student who is suspended for a fall or spring semester can be reinstated for the following term by enrolling in and successfully completing three to six credit hours with a grade of C or higher.  Students suspended for the fall term may enroll in three hours during the winter term, and students suspended during the spring term may enroll in three to six hours during the summer.  If a student successfully passes the course or courses with a C or better, the student will be permitted to enroll the next fall or spring semester. 
  3. If taking a class or classes during the winter or summer term is not an option, a student may write a letter of appeal to be reinstated for the next semester.  Letters of appeal are less likely to result in reinstatement than committing to academic work as outlined in number 2.  Student appeals to the Academic Affairs Council will be reviewed individually according to the following considerations:  
    • Past performance;
    • Mitigating circumstances (e.g., health, family, personal considerations);
    • The performance trend as reflected in the GPA performance over earlier semesters;
    • Achieving the minimum GPA for the student's credit hour standard as defined above;
    • Performance/compliance within the programs assigned as condition of probation; and
    • Other individual circumstances and considerations.

 

Other Causes for Academic Suspension

Students who demonstrate a callous disregard for learning as stated in the Student Codes section of The Student Handbook may be subject to suspension by the Academic Affairs Office, together with either the Vice President for Student Services & Enrollment Management or the Dean of Students.  In addition, students who commit academic dishonesty may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the College (see Academic Integrity policy).

 

Readmission after Academic Suspension

Students may be readmitted to the College after a semester through application to the Admissions Committee at the A.P. White Campus in Columbia.  The readmission decision will be based upon students' compliance with conditions of suspension, evidence suggesting potential for improvement, and/or other individual factors.  Readmission to the College is not guaranteed and should not be assumed. 

 

Academic Bankruptcy Policy

A student may write a letter to the Registrar's Office requesting academic bankruptcy under the following conditions:

  1. If fewer than three calendar years have elapsed since the semester for which the student seeks to declare academic bankruptcy, the student may declare bankruptcy for all coursework taken during that semester, provided that the student has successfully completed at least 18 credit hours at the College since the semester for which bankruptcy declaration is sought.  None of the coursework, including coursework that was successfully completed, taken during the semester for which bankruptcy is requested will be counted in the student's cumulative GPA or hours earned.
  2. If more than three calendar years have elapsed since the semester(s) for which the student seeks to declare academic bankruptcy, the student may declare bankruptcy for one to three semesters provided that the student has successfully completed at least 18 credit hours at the College since the most recent semester for which the student seeks to declare bankruptcy.  None of the coursework, including coursework that was successfully completed, taken during the semester for which bankruptcy is requested will be counted in the student's cumulative GPA.
  3. Students who declare bankruptcy during their college career are not eligible to graduate with honors. 

When academic bankruptcy is declared, the term "Academic Bankruptcy" will be reflected on the transcript for each semester affected.  The phrase "Academic Bankruptcy Implemented" will be stamped on the transcript for the semester in which bankruptcy is implemented.  Students may declare academic bankruptcy only once.  Students should be aware that academic bankruptcy may not be recognized by graduate or professional schools.

 

Petitions for Exceptions to Academic Policies

Petitions requesting exceptions to academic policies are written to the Academic Affairs Council. Petitions must be submitted by November 1 for consideration during the fall semester and by April 1 for consideration during the spring semester.


Drug Violations Penalties and Financial Aid Eligibility

Under Section 485 and 484r of the Higher Education Act, students become ineligible for federal student aid upon conviction during any period of enrollment of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs. Federal aid includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal TEACH Grants and Perkins Loans.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA asks if the student has ever been convicted of a drug related offense. Failure to answer the question will automatically disqualify the student from receiving Federal Aid. Answering this question falsely, if discovered, could result in fines up to $20,000, imprisonment, or both.

Penalties for Drug Convictions

Ineligibility Period for Possession of Illegal Drugs (controlled substance):

  • First offense: 1 year from the date of conviction
  • Second offense: 2 years from the date of conviction
  • Third offense: Indefinite ineligibility from the date of conviction

Ineligibility Period for Sale of Illegal Drugs (controlled substance):

  • First offense: 2 years from date of conviction
  • Second offense: Indefinite ineligibility from the date of conviction

How to Regain Eligibility

If a student successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program, he or she can regain eligibility for federal student aid funds as of the day the student successfully completes the program.

To be sufficient to reinstate financial aid eligibility, the program must:

  • Include at least 2 unannounced drug tests AND
  • be recognized as a Federal, State, or local government agency program

 

 

 

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