Academic Status

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


Academic Standing

0 Lessons

Satisfactory Progress

1-5 Lessons

Unsatisfactory Progress

6+ Lessons

Unacceptable Progress


Pace – The quantitative requirement has two parts, (a) Required Completion Rate and (b) Maximum Timeframe.


  • Required Completion Rate – All students, regardless of degree, must earn 67% of all credits attempted. This is a cumulative calculation and includes credits attempted at all schools and programs before and while at Lakewood University. Students who do not earn 67% of all credit hours attempted will be placed on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension depending on their history.
  • ) Maximum Timeframe – Federal regulations stipulate that the maximum time frame for an undergraduate student cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the academic program. In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, you must complete your degree program within a certain time period. The maximum lengths of study depend on the degree you are currently pursuing. Once you reach the maximum time frame, you are no longer eligible for financial aid. Credits are counted starting with the semester you entered school, including transfer credits, even those semesters in which you did not receive financial aid. Students who have reached their maximum timeframe and have mitigating circumstances may appeal to the Financial Aid Office for a brief extension of their aid. Lakewood University requires students to progress through their program in a timely manner. i.e.: a 10-month program must be completed in 1.5 x 10 months = 15 months.
  • For an undergraduate program measured in clock hours, a period no longer than 150 percent of the published length of the program is measured by the cumulative number of clock hours the student is required to complete and expressed in calendar time. (Note that a student in a clock hour program cannot receive aid for hours beyond those in the program; the maximum timeframe applies to the amount of calendar time the student takes to complete those hours.) i.e. a 900 clock hour program can be completed in 9 months, students are permitted up to 13 months from the date of enrollment. Lakewood University requires 66.67% attendance for a maximum timeframe of 150%.
  • For a graduate program, a period the school defines that is based on the length of the program


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


Academic Status

2.0 cumulative GPA or Above with Weekly Engagement, Eligible for Financial Aid

Good Standing

1.9 cumulative GPA or Below without Weekly Engagement, Eligible for Financial Aid

Academic Warning

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.

Academic Probation


Failure To Meet Requirements

Academic Dismissal:

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

SAP Statuses:


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.


  • To be removed from ‘Warning Academic Plan’ you must attain the required cumulative GPA and/or credit completion rate by the end of your ‘Warning Academic Plan’ period.
  • Warning Academic Plan’ will remain in effect if you continue to meet the requirements specified by the academic plan and achieve a 2.0 term GPA and have a 67% term completion rate.


Financial Aid Suspension – You will be placed on Financial Aid ‘Suspension’ if you meet any of the following:

  • Fail to comply during the ‘Probation’ period
  • Fail to have an approved academic appeal
  • Fail to follow your academic plan

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.

  • To be removed from ‘Probation’ you must attain the required cumulative GPA and/or credit completion rate by the end of your ‘Probation’ period.


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.