Satisfactory Academic Progress
In order to be eligible for renewal of any type of financial aid, students must show evidence of satisfactory progress toward graduation. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at Charleston Southern University is defined as successful completion of coursework attempted and progress toward graduation. Although certain scholarships and grants require higher minimum Grade Point Averages (GPA), students must maintain the minimum requirements listed below:
Hours Attempted* Cumulative GPA
76 or more 2.00
Note: Hours attempted for SAP purposes includes all credit attempted at CSU, all transfer credit and all nontraditional credit awarded.
Progress Standards for Hours Earned
Full-time students must earn a minimum of 24 semester credit hours within the academic year, including Maymester, Summer I and Summer II.
Students receiving the S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship must earn 30 credit hours within the academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. All college level courses earned at a college or university in South Carolina will be counted toward your 30 credit hours, but your GPA eligibility will be calculated using only CSU grades.
Students receiving the S.C. LIFE Scholarship must earn a cumulative of 30 credit hours each academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. All college level courses earned at a college or university in South Carolina will be counted toward your 30 credit hours and your GPA eligibility will be calculated using all prior grades.
Students receiving the S.C. HOPE Scholarship must earn 30 credit hours within the academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to receive a S.C. LIFE Scholarship for the following year. The S.C. HOPE Scholarship is only available for one year.
Bridge English and Bridge Math do not count toward the 30 earned hours required to maintain eligibility for the S.C. Palmetto Fellows, LIFE or HOPE scholarships. If a student realizes that he or she does not have enough earned hours to meet this requirement, then he or she should discuss this situation with a designated faculty advisor. The student may have to attend summer sessions to maintain eligibility for continued financial aid.
See regulations for S.C. HOPE, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows at http://www.che.sc.gov.
Institutional hours earned in the Bridge Program do count toward the 24 semester hours required for full-time status.
Part-time students must earn the credit hours they attempt during a major semester.
No student shall receive financial assistance for more than 188 hours attempted.
Financial Aid Review
The academic record of all students receiving financial aid will be reviewed at the end of each spring semester for satisfactory progress. Students not meeting minimum requirements (GPA and/or Hours Earned) will be notified and have the responsibility of making themselves eligible before the beginning of the fall term.
Financial Aid Suspension and Probation
Suspension: Students who do not meet the GPA and/or Hours Earned requirement will be placed on financial aid suspension and will not be eligible to receive financial assistance. See Appeal process.
Probation: Extenuating circumstances may be explained in an SAP Appeal Form or letter of appeal. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on financial aid probation and will have one semester to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards.
Students who fail to meet the required standards may appeal to the Office of Enrollment Services to regain their eligibility to receive financial aid. The appeal must be prepared in writing and be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal form must be submitted no later than 10 working days after the end of summer II for the fall semester, and no later than 10 working days after the end of fall for the spring semester. Appeals are considered on an individual basis, and the student is notified in writing of the Committee’s decision. (A student granted an appeal is placed on probation and given one semester to meet satisfactory progress standards.)
Regaining Financial Aid Eligibility
Students may be eligible to have their financial aid reinstated if they successfully meet SAP Requirements as listed above. This may be accomplished on a full-time or part-time basis. Students will be reviewed after each semester to determine if SAP has been met in order to regain financial aid eligibility.
Removal from financial aid does not prevent a student from enrolling at Charleston Southern University without financial aid if they are otherwise eligible to enroll.