Innovation Award Retention Requirements
To retain the award from one year to the next, recipients must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA each year. A year is defined for this purpose as fall, wintersession, and spring. Cumulative GPA will be checked at the end of each spring semester. In addition, the financial needs status is based on the annual submission of the FAFSA.
The scholarship shall be withdrawn for any semester in which the recipient drops to part-time status prior to the completion of the 14th class day unless it is the student’s graduating semester. The student will be eligible for funds in the subsequent semester provided all other criteria are met.
Additionally, retention of all University scholarships is contingent upon available funding.
Scholarship amounts are awarded based on Louisiana residency status. If a student’s residency changes during their enrollment, the scholarship offer will also be removed.
Students who do not maintain the required GPA at the end of each spring semester will be placed on scholarship probation. When a student is placed on scholarship probation, the student will be given the opportunity to submit an appeal to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if they demonstrate exceptional circumstances. Appeals will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students will not receive funding from their scholarship while on scholarship probation.
Students will be given one full academic year beginning spring intersession through the end of the spring semester of the year immediately following their placement on probation, to bring their cumulative GPA to the required 2.0. If a student achieves the required 2.0 cumulative GPA within the timeframe above, the student can contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships after all official grades have posted for the semester to request a review for reinstatement for the upcoming semester. Students approved for reinstatement will not have their scholarship’s original expiration date extended.
Students who fail to attain the required 2.0 cumulative GPA following the one academic year defined as beginning spring intersession through the end of the spring semester of the year immediately of the year immediately following their placement on probation will have their scholarship permanently cancelled.