uring your students’ rst semester it can be
dicult to balance school, activities, and
friends. But school is the top priority, especially if
your student is receiving nancial aid, a scholarship,
or TOPS. Here is some technical information
that you need to know for your student to retain
their nancial aid, scholarships, or TOPS.
FINANCIAL AID — To retain nancial aid, each
student must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress
standards, otherwise known as SAP. At the end of each
semester your student will be evaluated according to
the SAP requirements. To meet the SAP requirements
for the purpose of nancial aid, your student must rst
have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the semester.
Secondly, your student must complete at least 67% of
all credit hours attempted. At the end of the semester
your student may use this simple calculation to
check their completion rate: Credit hours registered
for during the semester x 0.67= Hours that must be
completed (round up if the number is a decimal-
12x0.67=8.04~9). Hours completed do not include
classes that the student has withdrawn from, or these in
which they receive an F, or has received an incomplete.
A student who is enrolled in 12 credit hours must
complete 9 of those and receive a minimum GPA of 2.0 to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress
requirements. Students who fail to achieve minimum standards for Grade Point Average (GPA) and
completion of classes could lose their eligibility for all types of federal & state aid. SAP information
can be found here. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (337) 482-6506.
TOPS — To remain elligible for TOPS:
• Students must have continuous full-time enrollment.
• Students must be registered for 12 or more hours as of the 15th day
of the semester to receive TOPS for that semester (fall & spring).
• Students must earn 24 hours between the fall, winter intersession, spring, summer
intersession, and summer semesters with a “D” or better in order to keep TOPS
* Dual enrollment in high school and advanced placement
courses do not count towards the required 24 hours.
• Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the fall semester
to receive TOPS in the spring. This applies to all three awards.
• Students must meet cumulative GPA requirements at the end of the spring semester:
Opportunity Award: 2.3 Cumulative GPA (First academic
year); 2.5 Cumulative GPA (All subsequent academic years)
Performance Award: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Honors Award: 3.0 Cumulative GPA
Visit LOSFA’s website here to see the elligibility requirements.
Advising Sessions for Spring 2019
Last Day to Drop Class with a “W”
November 28-December 2
Last Day of Fall Classes
UL Fall Calendar