The majority of undergraduate programs require 120 hours for graduation. The maximum time frame for students in these
programs is 180 attempted hours (120 x 1.5 = 180). Students whose programs require more than 120 hours for a degree will
have a higher limit.
The following courses count as attempted but do not count as completed units in the SAP calculation:
More than one repeat of any course
Double Majors: Students who receive permission to pursue a double major/minor will normally be expected to complete all
degree requirements before reaching the maximum hours allotted.
Change in Majors: Students who change their majors will normally be expected to complete all degree requirements before
reaching the maximum hours allotted.
Students are allowed to change their major but must note that any changes do affect their eligibility for federal student aid. The
main part being affected will be the credit hour eligibility, as all credits that have been attempted so far will be counted
regardless of whether those credit hours were funded or not. For example, if a student is majoring in a program that needs 33
credit hours to complete and has attempted 28 credit hours, then decides to enroll in a program that needs only 18 credit hours,
his/her eligibility would be exhausted, because the student’s attempted hours would have exceeded the 150% eligibility of 27
credits for the 18 credit hour program.
Bachelor’s Degree: A student who has already been awarded a bachelor’s degree may apply for a second degree; however,
they must complete all degree requirements before reaching the maximum hours allotted. Please remember that students who
have already obtained one bachelor’s degree are no longer eligible for Federal Pell or SEOG grants. In addition, the federal
aggregate loan limits are not increased for students working on a 2
Developmental/Remedial Courses: Are counted as hours attempted and, if successfully completed, as hours earned.
Louisiana College offers non-credit remedial courses in Math and English. Generally, these courses are numbered 100 or lower.
These courses do not count as credit toward a student’s certificate or Associate Degree program. The credit hours from these
courses will count against a student’s hours attempted and will be factored into the student’s 150% eligibility and grade point
Early Start (Dual Enrollment): High school students taking college courses will have their courses evaluated when matriculating
at Louisiana College. If a student’s college level courses fail to meet the minimum SAP standards, he/she will be placed on
Financial Aid Warning for the semester they next enroll.
Following is an example of how an undergraduate student does not meet timeframe standards:
This student, whose program requires 120 hours toward graduation, has accumulated 190 hours, thus exceeding the 150%
Degree Credit Requirements
Our policy outlines the following procedures for students who do not meet SAP at the end of the semester. We will review SAP
at the end of each payment period (fall, spring, summer).
If a student fails to meet SAP at the end of the academic semester, they will be placed on Financial Aid Warning and will receive
a letter from the Financial Aid Office stating their eligibility status and requirements. If a student fails to meet SAP at the end of
the academic semester while on a Financial Aid Warning, they will be then placed on ACADEMIC Probation with a loss of Title IV
and will then receive a letter from the Financial Aid Office stating their eligibility status, what the student must do to regain
eligibility and the process to appeal if applicable.
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that all information provided by myself on this application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
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The full Louisiana College SAP policy may be viewed at https://lacollege.edu/campus-life/financial-aid/
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Louisiana College - Financial Aid Office
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