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General Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for Federal Student Aid, a student must:
- Be enrolled/accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program.
- Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school.
- Have high school diploma or GED.
- Be a citizen or eligible non citizen.
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (see section on academic progress).
- Not be in default on Perkins, Stafford, Unsub. Stafford or PLUS at any other institution.
- Not owe the U.S. Department of Education on an overpayment.
- If required, must register with the Selective Service via www.sss.gov.
Students transferring to Little Big Horn College from another institution of higher education must inform the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office is required by federal law to make adjustments to prevent or correct over awards.
When a student transfers from another college/university, the student will start out on good academic status at Little Big Horn College, regardless of the student's academic status at the previous college/university. A student who has left LBHC in poor academic standing will be considered for re-enrollment if the student can show proof of credits attempted and passed with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher from another accredited college/university.
Duration of Eligibility
Duration of eligibility may vary as determined by a student's major. All attempted credits will be calculated in determining duration of eligibility including "W" or "I" and transfer credits.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students are expected to maintain certain academic standards and make satisfactory progress toward completion of their declared program of study. The Financial Aid Office determines if applicants are eligible for financial aid assistance based on their prior academic records, whether or not they have previously received financial aid.
Satisfactory academic progress is measured in two categories:
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 must be maintained each semester for Pell Grant and 2.5 for scholarships.
- Completion of credit load as determined by enrollment status (i.e. full time, part time).
Financial Aid Probation
A student is placed on probation if he/she does not complete the attempted credits for that particular term and/or does not maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00. A student placed on probation is still eligible for federal and state aid funding. If a student is placed on probation he/she is not eligible for Little Big Horn College scholarships and Institutional Work Study.
Financial Aid Suspension
A student is placed on suspension if he/she does not complete attempted credits and/or does not maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 for two consecutive terms of enrollment.
Students placed on probation or suspension due to receiving an incomplete grade(s) will be removed from such status if the "I" is made up.
Reinstatement of Financial Aid
In order to be considered for any financial aid, the student must complete a credit load at the same enrollment status as the semester they were placed on suspension. For example: if a student was a full time student (at least 12 credits), the student must successfully complete 12 credits with a grade point average of at least 2.0. The student is responsible to pay for these credits themselves or through Institutional Work Study, if approved.
Every student has the right to appeal if he/she is on probation, suspension, has repeated courses or has exceeded his/her duration of eligibility. To appeal, obtain the appeal form from the Financial Aid Office, complete the form, attach transcripts and all other necessary documents and return to the Financial Aid Office. The appeals committee will make the final decision on the appeal; the committee is comprised of the Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, Dean of Administration, Chief Finance Officer, Registrar, President, Department Heads, and Financial Aid Staff.