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Financial Aid Glossary


Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy:
Appeals for Excessive Aggregate Hours

Maximum hours attempted are considered when determining financial aid eligibility. These hours are considered even if financial aid was not received while attempting them. Regardless of where the hours were attempted, Louisiana Tech University standards apply. The general rule for maximum hours is 150% of the hours required for the program of study in which the student is currently enrolled. Students lose eligibility for future quarters and future award years after the quarter in which they exceed the maximum hours during the award year. To determine the maximum allowable hours for a specific program of study (major), refer to the University Catalog, note the total hours required for the program, and multiply that figure by 1.5. Students in Developmental and "Pre" Programs are allowed to attempt a maximum of 60 hours (see Developmental and "Pre" appeal requirements).

Suggesting that the Financial Aid Office contact doctors, professors, or other persons for additional information is not considered adequate documentation. Appeals for exceptions to the policy must be submitted in writing using the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form. Appeals must be received no later than the deadline for the specific quarter that you are requesting eligibility. We recommend that you submit an appeal as soon as possible after the deficiency occurs so that the appeal can be evaluated before classes begin. A student may only appeal for a total of three times during an academic career at Louisiana Tech University. Appeal Deadlines are as follows:


Priority Deadlines
Fall 2015 Sep 9, 2015
Winter 2016 Dec 1, 2015
Spring 2016 Mar 8, 2016
Summer 2016 Jun 7, 2016


Please include the following in an appeal for excessive aggregate hours (an incomplete appeal will be returned without action):

  • An appeal form.
  • A detailed signed letter of explanation.  Describe your goals at Tech, explain why you have not met graduation requirements yet, and provide any documentation available to support your reasons.   What actions have you taken to make sure you graduate in the near future?
  • Provide any documentation available to support you reasons.
  • An Academic Degree Completion Plan.
  • An unofficial copy of the most recent academic transcript available at the Registrar’s Office. A B.O.S.S. online transcript printout is not acceptable. Please do not ask the Registrar's Office to hand- deliver a transcript to the Financial Aid Office.