Additional SAP Policies

Enrollment Status

 Students receiving Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans,  Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Grants, or Federal Pell Grants are expected to pass 67% of the enrollment hours on which their financial aid was based.  Students on suspension are ineligible for additional federal financial assistance until they enroll at least half-time at their own expense, complete all courses, and earn the minimum required grade point average.

Transfer Students

Students transferring into the University will be assumed to be maintaining satisfactory academic progress.  Hours transferred from previously attended schools will be considered when establishing class standing for grade requirements, as well as when determining the maximum number of hours allowed to receive financial aid.

Remedial Courses

A student is eligible to receive federal financial aid for up to one academic year's worth of remedial course work.

Audit Courses

Courses taken for audit do not count for credit or graduation and, therefore, are not counted in determining eligibility for receiving or maintaining financial aid.

Independent Study and Research

Courses taken under this category do not constitute full-time or half-time status.  Therefore, they are not counted in determining eligibility for receiving or maintaining financial aid.

Inter-session and Mini-Session Courses

Students are not eligible for federal student aid during these periods of enrollment and must make payment arrangements through Business Services.

Repeats

In regards to repeating courses, students are still eligible for federal financial aid because they are allowed to repeat any previously-passed course once and repeat any previously-failed course until it is passed.

Cooperative Education

Students are not considered as enrolled for credit hours during the terms they are employed, and therefore, are ineligible to receive financial assistance.  Co-op students are, however, considered enrolled for purposes of deferring prior loans during periods of co-op.

Simultaneous Measurement

Academic transcripts of financial aid recipients will be reviewed at the end of each semester or term to ensure that the student simultaneously meets all the minimum Satisfactory Academic Policy requirements stated above.

Undeclared Majors

Undergraduate Undeclared Majors

An undergraduate undeclared student with a clear admission status is NOT eligible to receive federal financial aid.  Per federal guidelines, a student must be degree-seeking.  

Appeals

Students who have their aid suspended because they have exceeded the maximum length of time allowed to meet degree requirements may appeal that suspension ONLY for one of the following reasons:

  • The student is enrolled in a course of study that normally requires more than 128 semester hours to complete.
  • The student has military or vocational (not technical) hours on her or his academic transcript that are not included in her or his program of study.
  • The student has attempted less than 192 hours in a course of study that normally requires 128 hours to complete.
  • The student is seeking a second undergraduate degree and has attempted less than 288 semester hours.
  • The student has graduated and has been officially or conditionally admitted to graduate school.
  • The student is enrolled in graduate school and has not attempted twice the number of credit hours normally required to complete their program of study.

Students who have their aid suspended because of failure to meet quantitative or quantitative standards may appeal that suspension ONLY for one of the following reasons:

  • Death of an immediate family member. "Immediate family member" includes parent, spouse, sibling, or dependent child.
  • The extended illness of the student.  "Extended illness" is defined as a documented chronic or recurring medical or emotional illness that causes the student to be absent from at least ten class days.
  • The extended illness of an immediate family member that places a hardship on the student.  "Immediate family member" includes parent, spouse, sibling, or dependent child.
  • Other unusual circumstances that may affect a student's ability to meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

Appeals will be evaluated by the Office of Financial Aid and students will be notified of their eligibility or ineligibility for continued financial assistance.

Students whose appeals are denied by the Office of Financial Aid must enroll at Southern Miss at least half-time until they have removed the deficiency that caused them to be placed on financial aid suspension.

Students whose appeals are approved by the Office of Financial Aid will undergo an academic review at the conclusion of each term/semester to determine future financial aid eligibility.