Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements For Financial Aid Recipients (Undergraduate and Graduate)

7/1/2018 – Effective immediately and replaces all other satisfactory academic progress policies for financial aid recipients printed in any institutional publication or document.

Federal and state regulations require that the College of Nursing establish and implement a policy to measure satisfactory academic progress toward the baccalaureate and the master of science degree in nursing. Standards of satisfactory academic progress are applied to fill students who wish to establish or maintain financial aid eligibility at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.

The progress of financial aid recipients is evaluated each semester (including summer) based on qualitative measurement, quantitative measurement and program completion. Students must be making academic progress regardless of whether the student has previously received aid. Students who have completed their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and enroll in the graduate program will not have their undergraduate coursework count towards hours attempted/completed. Before aid is disbursed, a student's progress will be evaluated according to policy guidelines. 

 

  • Qualitative Measurement (GPA)

    • An undergraduate student must maintain a credit and cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • A graduate student must maintain a credit and cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • If a student repeats a course, only the higher grade and credit are computed into the grade-point average although both grades will appear on transcript (please refer to the catalog for any questions regarding academic policies). Please note that grades can be excluded for prior attempts when calculating a student’s GPA, but these prior attempts will be included when measuring the quantitative component or cumulative credit hours required.
  • Quantitative Measurement (Credit Hours)

  • Each semester, the student must successfully complete two thirds (or more) of cumulative credit hours attempted (rounded up to the nearest whole credit hour). Grades of C (graduate program only), D, F, W, WF, WP or I are not counted as successful completion of credit hours.

    If a grade change report is received from the Director of Admissions/Registrar, Satisfactory Academic Progress will be re-evaluated to determine eligibility to receive further financial assistance. Student will be notified in writing of any changes in their financial aid eligibility. 

     

  • Program Completion Time

  • The maximum time frame may not exceed 150% of the published length of the program measured in credit hours attempted. Each semester, the student must successfully complete two thirds (or more) of cumulative credit hours attempted (rounded up to the nearest whole credit hour).

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Undergraduate

    The published length is 65 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 98 attempted credit hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Accelerated Pathway RN to BSN – Undergraduate

    The length of the program is 64 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 97 attempted credit hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Accelerated Pathway to Master of Science in Nursing – Graduate Master's

    Students must complete their educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. The published length for a student to obtain his/her degree varies. Please refer to the College of Nursing Catalog to determine the published length of the degree option you are pursuing.

    Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist – Graduate Master's

    Effective Fall 2018, the published length is 52 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 78 attempted credit hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Nurse Educator – Graduate Master's

    The published length is 36 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 54 attempted credit hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the
    published length of this program is 39 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 59 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Nursing Management Leadership – Graduate Master's

    The published length of this program is 33 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed SO attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (Includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 36 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 54 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner – Graduate Master's

    The published length of this program is 39 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 59 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 42 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 63 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Family Nurse Practitioner – Graduate Master's

    The published length of this program is 44 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 66 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 47 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 71 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Graduate Master's

    The published length of this program is 46 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 69 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 49 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 74 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical – Post Masters Doctorate Degree

    The published length of this program is 39 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 59 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 40 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 60 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Doctor of Nursing Practice Leadership – Post Masters Doctorate Degree

    The published length of this program is 39 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 59 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 40 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 60 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses). For the student who enters the program without 500 practicum hours, their length of program could be up to 8 credit hours more for a total of 47.

    Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Graduate BSN-DNP

    Effective Fall 2018, the published length is 77 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 116 attempted credit hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Family Nurse Practitioner - Graduate BSN-DNP

    Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 72 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 108 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Graduate BSN-DNP

    Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 77 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 116 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Graduate BSN-DNP

    Effective Fall 2018, the published length of this program is 77 credit hours. The maximum time frame must not exceed 116 attempted hours at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing (includes any transfer nursing curriculum courses).

 

  • Financial Aid Warning

  • Warning occurs when requirements have not been met in either area (qualitative and quantitative). Student can receive financial aid during this warning status, but must “make satisfactory progress” when measured against all areas at the end of the next period of enrollment.

     

  • Financial Aid Academic Progress Suspension

  • Suspension occurs when requirements have not been met after a semester of warning. Students on suspension are not eligible for federal or state assistance (See Types of Financial Aid). Students on financial aid suspension have the right to appeal (See Financial Aid Progress Appeal Process).

     

  • Financial Aid Probation

  • Probation occurs when a student who is on financial aid suspension appeals the suspension and has eligibility for aid reinstated based on the appeal. Students on probation will be required to meet specific terms and conditions during the payment period for which probation is approved. At the end of each semester the student must meet the required Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or the specific terms and conditions for the semester or no further aid will be disbursed.

     

  • Notification of Financial Aid Warning/Suspension/Probation

  • The College of Nursing Student Finance Office will notify, in writing, students through the US Postal Service (using the address in Admissions). Students applying for financial assistance will be notified prior to disbursement of aid.

     

  • Financial Aid Academic Progress Appeal Process

  • Students on Financial Aid Academic Progress Suspension must appeal in writing for reinstatement of financial aid eligibility to the Coordinator of Student Finance, Financial Assistance, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. The appeal letter should address specific reasons for requesting the appeal.

    Mitigating circumstances include:

    1. Serious injury of the student and/or the student’s immediate family. 
    2. Serious extended illness of the student and/or the student’s immediate family.
    3. Death of a student’s relative
    4. Other circumstances that affect the student’s ability to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

    Describe in detail:

    1. The reason for past performance difficulties (including supporting documentation).
    2. How the situation has changed. If it has not changed, describe how it is now being handled. Supply an outline of solutions for improvement.
    3. Outline of courses remaining to complete the baccalaureate program and the semester in which you plan to complete the course. The written appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) calendar days of notification from the Student Finance Office, or after receipt of credit grades, whichever is first. Appeals are processed on a case-by-case basis. The student’s circumstances, academic advisement and current federal regulations are taken into consideration. Appeal decision will be mailed within (30) calendar days (mailing procedure is the same as the suspension notification).
  • Types of Financial Aid

  • Financial aid programs covered by this policy are: Federal PELL Grant, Federal Direct Loan Programs (Federal Stafford

    Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Federal Parent PLUS, and PLUS Loan for Graduate or Professional Students) and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission Monetary Award Program.

    Notes: Financial aid programs not listed above may have additional or more stringent conditions which must be met for continuation. Contact the source which made your award or processed your application materials. Examples: Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing institutional awards, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center scholarships/contracts, private agency funds or scholarships.

    Academic policies published in the Student Handbook may have additional or more stringent conditions which must be met for continuation.

    Check the current Student Handbook for information.