At the end of each evaluation period, you have to achieve or maintain a minimum SHSU GPA in order to remain eligible for financial aid.
At the end of each evaluation period, you have to complete 67% of all your attempted hours for your degree program.
Attempted hours include:
- All hours you enroll in at SHSU or any other college/university
- Courses you received a grade of F, W, I, U, NC, IP, Q, and X
- Repeat courses for which credit is not earned
Completion Rate is measured by dividing the total number of hours successfully completed by the total number of hours attempted.
Students are eligible to receive financial assistance for a limited period of time while pursuing a degree. Credit hours are cumulative; thus, students working towards obtaining more than one degree in the same category (e.g., two Masters) will likely exceed the maximum allowed hours. All attempted hours are considered in this evaluation, including transfer course work and courses for which aid was not received.
Undergraduate students must not exceed 180 attempted credit hours.
2nd Bachelor students must not exceed 150% of the degree requirements which includes hours from their 1st Bachelors degree.
Teacher Certification students can only be approved for coursework required for state certification.
Preparatory students have 12 consecutive months beginning with their 1st enrolled semester.
Graduate/Doctoral students hours vary by program, review your degree plan.
Professional students hours vary by program, review your degree plan.
A SAP warning semester is granted to a student that does not meet SAP to give the student a semester to bring up the GPA or complete the hours needed in order to meet SAP and be eligible for Financial Aid for the next semester.
Graduate students are not eligible for any warning semester.
Denial of Aid
At the end of the warning semester, students who do not meet the minimum SAP requirements are not eligible for financial aid.
Students can regain eligibility in subsequent semesters by meeting the minimum SAP requirements.
Students may submit a financial aid appeal if they have mitigating circumstances (see below).
Students who fail to maintain SAP due to a mitigating circumstance may submit a written appeal with supportive documentation after they have received official notification of denial.
Example Mitigating Circumstances:
Death of an immediate family member (Immediate family member is a parent, child, brother or sister);
- Illness or Injury which caused an inability to attend or prepare for class for an extended period;
- Extenuating circumstances beyond your control other than one of the above situations.
Download and follow the steps on the Financial Aid Appeal form.
Per Federal Regulation, a student is not eligible for Title IV (federal) financial aid for any course they repeat more than once if they have previously passed the course.