Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Students receiving federal student aid are required to adhere to academic standards that may differ from those already required through the Office of the University Registrar.
Total Hours Attempted
(Including transfer work)
Minimum Cumulative GPA
(Southern Miss work only)
|60 and above||2.00|
If a student does not maintain the minimum acceptable grade point average outlined above for total hours attempted after the spring semester of each academic year, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension. A student placed on financial aid suspension is ineligible for any federally-funded financial aid programs until the student's grade point average improves to the minimum required level.
Maximum Time to Complete Course of Study
Students must complete degree requirements within a normal time frame, and the following maximums have been established:
Undergraduate: A first-time undergraduate student will be deemed in good standing and eligible to receive federal financial aid until he or she has attempted 150 percent of the number of hours normally required to complete degree requirements, usually 186 hours. Attempted hours will include all courses on the academic transcript including grades of A, B, C, D, E, F, P, W, N/A and I.
Graduate: Graduate students will be deemed in good standing and eligible to receive federal financial assistance until they have attempted twice the number of hours normally required to complete their program of study leading to a master's or doctoral degree. Attempted hours will include all courses on the academic transcript including grades of A, B, C, D, E, F, P, W, N/A, and I.
Second Degree Undergraduates: Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree and are now seeking a second undergraduate degree will be eligible to receive federal financial assistance for up to 282 undergraduate hours attempted.
Second Degree Graduate: Graduate students pursuing an additional master's degree will be limited to a maximum of 120 graduate hours. This total includes all graduate hours accumulated. Once a student earns a specialist's degree, he or she will be eligible for additional financial assistance on at the doctoral level. Once a student earns a doctoral degree, he or she will be ineligible for additional federal financial assistance.