Additional SAP Policies
Petition for Undergraduate Academic Restart
If a student is granted an academic restart from the registrar office, it will have no bearing on the student's satisfactory academic progress as it pertains to federal financial aid eligibility. The Federal Student Aid program regulations make no provision for the concept of academic restarts. Therefore, a school must always include courses applicable to a student's major (whenever taken) in evaluating a student's satisfactory academic progress (both quantitative and qualitative components).
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.
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.
A student is eligible to receive federal financial aid for up to one academic year's worth of remedial course work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Undergraduate Undeclared Majors:
An undergraduate undeclared student with a clear admission status is eligible to receive federal financial aid until they have exceeded 30 hour of earned credits (including transfer hours). Failure to declare a major after the student has earned 30 credit hours could possibly result in the student being placed on financial aid suspension. The Office of Financial Aid reviews this measure at the conclusion of each spring semester.
Transfer Undergraduate Students:
An undeclared undergraduate transfer student with a clear admissions status is eligible to receive federal financial aid until they have exceeded 30 hours of earned credits. Undeclared students transferring in more than 30 earned credit hours will be deemed eligible to receive federal financial aid for one academic semester. Failure to declare a major prior to the beginning of the student's second term could possibly result in the student being placed on financial aid suspension. The Office of Financial Aid reviews this measure at the conclusion of each spring semester.
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:
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:
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.