Expected Weekly Progression Policy
In order to ensure that students adequately progress through their program and complete it in a timely manner, all students are required to complete assignments as outlined below:
Students in 6-month vocational programs are required to complete 3 full lessons per month in order to remain in Satisfactory Progress academic standing
Students in 9-month vocational programs are required to complete 2 full lessons per month in order to remain in Satisfactory Progress academic standing.
Students in 16-week courses (vocational and/or degree) are required to complete 1 full lesson per week in order to remain in Satisfactory Progress academic standing.
Failure to complete assignments on a weekly basis, with fewer than 6 lessons behind, will place a student under Unsatisfactory Progress academic standing, and result in a phone call or email from the student’s success coach. Students are encouraged to work with their success coaches in order to return to Satisfactory Progress academic standing. Students who fall more than 6 lessons behind in their studies will immediately be placed in Unacceptable Progress academic standing. Students remaining in this status for more than 2 weekly review periods and have not met with his/her success coach to develop an improvement plan demonstrate repeated failures to turn in weekly lessons which may result in disciplinary measures up to dismissal.
Number of Lessons Behind in Program
Pace – The quantitative requirement has two parts, (a) Required Completion Rate and (b) Maximum Timeframe.
Assignment Policy for Federal Financial Aid Students
Lakewood University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for students receiving Federal Financial Aid is a cumulative measure of a student’s academic performance and includes all terms and semesters of the student’s enrollment at the University. Both quantitative and qualitative standards are used to evaluate SAP.
Lakewood University evaluates a student’s SAP at the end of each semester, term, or payment period for students receiving federal financial aid. Lakewood University will notify any student who is failing to achieve SAP standards in writing. The following chart provides the minimum quantitative and qualitative requirements:
Undergraduate Academic Status Requirement
2.0 cumulative GPA or Above with Weekly Engagement, Eligible for Financial Aid
1.9 cumulative GPA or Below without Weekly Engagement, Eligible for Financial Aid
1.9 cumulative GPA or Below without Weekly Engagement after Academic Warning Issued, Dismissed from University, Ineligible for Financial Aid
The student successfully appeals to Ineligible status and is placed on the probationary period with the reduced course load and required meetings with advisors. The student must meet the Good Standing requirement at the end of the term to be removed from this status.
Failure To Meet Requirements
Lakewood University reserves the right to dismiss students whose academic progress is substandard. Factors considered will include, but are not limited to, the number of failing grades, past academic performance, the number of withdrawn courses, and the probability of achieving good standing classification within a reasonable time frame. Students are subject to academic dismissal (without a review period) from the program for a full calendar year if their GPA falls below 1.0 or if they withdraw from the majority of courses attempted within the last 12 credit hours.
Appeal or reinstatement from academic dismissal shall be made to the Academic Appeals Committee as directed by the Dean.
Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress standards may result in a student being placed in one of the following
Financial Aid Warning (Academic Plan)-You will be placed on Financial Aid ‘Warning Academic Plan’ status for one term if you fail to meet the required GPA and/or overall credit completion standards. You will be required to complete an academic plan with your advisor. Note: Students on the ‘Warning Academic Plan’ are eligible for financial aid.
Financial Aid Suspension – You will be placed on Financial Aid ‘Suspension’ if you meet any of the following:
Note: Students on ‘Suspension’ are NOT eligible for financial aid.
Financial Aid Probation – Students who are placed on Financial Aid ‘Probation’ are those who have failed their ‘Warning’ period and have an approved academic appeal. Note: Students on ‘Probation’ are eligible for financial aid.
Near Maximum Timeframe status – Once your record shows you have attempted more than 110% of your undergraduate degree requirements; you will be placed on ‘Near Maximum Timeframe’ status. This status means that you are approaching the maximum timeframe for your degree program. Note: You are still eligible for aid but will be required to complete and follow an academic plan.
Exceeded Maximum Timeframe status – Once you have attempted credits in excess of 150% of your attempted credits for your program, you will be placed in ‘Exceeded Maximum Timeframe’ status. Note: You are NOT eligible for financial aid and will be required to personally pay for any additional semesters necessary. You may be able to complete an academic plan if you have one semester remaining.
Notification of Eligibility –The minimum progress standards will be checked after each semester of enrollment (Summer, Fall, and Spring). If you do not meet the minimum requirements AND you have been placed in either ‘Suspension’ or ‘Exceeded Maximum Timeframe’ status, refer to the “Appeals” or “Re-establishing” section.
Re-establishing Eligibility –Students suspended from financial aid eligibility may regain eligibility for financial aid by enrolling at their own expense and after attaining the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. This may require enrollment in multiple semesters at Lakewood University. The student returns to good standing only after meeting SAP standards. After meeting these standards, the student is no longer on suspension and is eligible to receive financial aid.
Suspended students may also regain financial aid eligibility if a Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal is approved. Students who have appeals approved will be placed on one semester of Probation and are required to follow an Academic Plan.
Appeals –Students have the right to appeal their suspension status based on non‐academic, mitigating circumstances (i.e. death of an immediate family member, an extended illness, hospitalization, or injury of the student). All appeals require third party documentation. Students may appeal to Financial Aid Suspension only once.
Suspension due to not meeting GPA or completion standards: To appeal a financial aid suspension, students must complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal. The appeal form is available in the Office of Financial Aid.
Suspension due to reaching Maximum Timeframe: To appeal a maximum timeframe suspension, students must complete the Maximum Timeframe Appeal form. The student will also be required to follow an approved Academic Plan that will be set up by your Advisor. The Maximum Timeframe Appeal form is available in the Office of Financial Aid.