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Sharon Kienow, Director
Dacotah Hall 103
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2640
Fax:      605-626-2587
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Financial Aid
Satisfactory Progress


To receive federal student aid, students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the completion of their degree. Federal student aid includes the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), TEACH Grant, work-study, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), and PLUS Loan. Other federal, state, and private agencies may require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress for their aid programs as well.  The academic record of all students will be monitored to ensure compliance with the requirements specified below. Therefore, even the academic record of those who have not received federal student aid in the past may impact future eligibility.  Satisfactory Academic Progress is measured once a year – at the end of the spring semester, or the last semester attended in that academic year. Failure to meet any of the three following standards will result in the suspension of eligibility for federal student aid:

Undergraduate Students:
Federal regulations require a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for undergraduate students. The cumulative GPA is calculated on all NSU and transfer undergraduate credits (excluding remedial and audited coursework).

Graduate Students:
Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all NSU and transfer graduate credits.

All students (both undergraduate and graduate) must successfully complete 67% of cumulative attempted credit hours. Attempted credit hours include all hours that would appear on a student’s academic transcript at the end of any given term, including withdrawals, incompletes, repeated courses, remedial coursework, and transfer hours. Audited coursework is not included. Hours that may have been part of a successful academic amnesty appeal will be included.
Successfully completed hours for both graduate and undergraduate students include grades of A, B, C, D, RS, and S. A grade of EX for undergraduate students is also considered successful completion. All other grades would not be considered successful completion, such as F (failure), W (withdrawal), U (unsatisfactory), RU (remedial unsatisfactory), or I (incomplete).
There is a limit on the number of credit hours a student can attempt and still remain eligible for federal student aid. All credits attempted (except audited coursework) are included. This limit is based on 150% of the credit hours needed to complete the degree that the student is pursuing.

Type of Degree                                                Maximum Credit Hours Attempted 
Associate degree                                                          90
Bachelor’s degree (120-hour)                                     180
Bachelor's degree (128-hour)                                     192
Bachelor’s degree (150-hour)                                     225
Master’s degree (32-hour)                                            48
Master’s degree (36-hour)                                            54
Master’s degree (48-hour)                                            72

Students whose eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended may submit an appeal form to explain extenuating circumstances. Such appeals will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted no later than the end of the first week of the term to which the appeal applies. An appeal form is available at the NSU Financial Aid Office or online
Based upon the circumstances of an approved appeal, the Appeals Committee reserves the right to stipulate conditions the student must meet to be considered for financial aid on a probationary basis for subsequent semesters. Note that an academic suspension appeal is a separate process. Being reinstated academically does not guarantee financial aid reinstatement.

Students who have lost their federal aid eligibility, but have subsequently met all three standards as stated above, will have aid eligibility reinstated. Reinstatement will be considered effective with the next term of attendance. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office once they have completed coursework that would bring them back into good standing.
There are also non-federal sources of financial assistance (institutional, local, private, state), which may require students to meet satisfactory academic progress standards. Students who apply for non-federal forms of aid are advised to review their academic standards to determine or ensure continued eligibility.