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Admission Procedure for First-Year Students
Students applying for first-year admission to the university must submit the following credentials:
- An application form completed by the applicant. Hamline accepts the Common Application.
- An official secondary school transcript. Students may submit transcripts from ninth through eleventh grades and a list of senior year courses with the understanding that full admission is granted only after the receipt and approval by the admission committee of the final year’s record. In many cases, grades earned during the first semester of the senior year will be requested before a decision is made. Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by the secondary school. First-year student applicants who have earned college credit before graduating from secondary school must list the colleges they have attended on the application and contact those colleges and request that official college transcripts be sent to Hamline University (see Transfer of Credit and Advanced Placement).
- The results of the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). It is recommended that the SAT or ACT be taken late in the junior year or early in the senior year. When registering for the tests, students should request that copies of the score results be sent to Hamline University. The ACT institution code for Hamline is 2114, the SAT code is 6265.
- Applicants should submit at least one teacher recommendation.
- Other information as requested by the admission committee during consideration of an individual applicant. Such information might include recommendations, SAT or ACT writing exams, the results of additional coursework, and/or a formal admission interview. Hamline University is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and adheres to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) Transfer Students
Students transferring from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, have earned the Associate degree from MnSCU prior to enrolling at Hamline, and have a 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from the degree-granting institution will be given transfer status as outlined below:
- Students will be granted a maximum of 64 Hamline course credits in transfer from two-year institutions. No additional credits will be accepted from two-year institutions.
- The Hamline Plan will be adjusted so students need only to complete the following:
- Writing Intensive (T) course(s). 1 course each year attending Hamline University is required.
- Computer Intensive (C) course. 1 course required.
- Individual Ability in Learning (Q) course. 1 course required.
- LEAD: Leadership, Education, and Development (W) course. 1 course required.
- Speaking Intensive (O) – 1 course required to be taken at Hamline.
- Cultural Breadth (G, I or L) – 1 course may be required.
- Humanities (H) and Fine Arts (F) – 1 or more courses may be required.
The Associate degree and Minnesota Transfer Curriculum must be completed prior to enrolling at Hamline University in order to qualify for this transfer status.
Note: Additional coursework beyond the Associate degree will be required in the major. Students are advised to consult with an academic adviser in the major department to discuss major requirements. Courses must be considered college-level, relevant to a liberal arts degree, and a student must have earned a C- or above.
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Community College Transfer Students
The university welcomes students from community and junior colleges to transfer to Hamline for their final years of undergraduate work. In most cases, students who transfer to the university after having completed an associate degree or two years of comparable work will have acquired sufficient scope in their program to satisfy a large portion of the general education goals of the Hamline curriculum. A maximum of 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours of work from two-year colleges will be accepted as transfer credit.
Community and junior college students who are planning to transfer to Hamline are encouraged to consult with the Office of Undergraduate Admission in order to correlate their coursework with Hamline’s curriculum guidelines.
To be considered for admission to Hamline, the applicant must have graduated from or be eligible to return to the institution from which he or she wishes to transfer and must have earned an overall grade point average of C (2.0) or better in all college courses completed. Students who have earned college credit after secondary school graduation apply as transfer students.
Students applying for transfer admission to the university must file the following credentials:
- An application form completed by the applicant. Students may apply online at www.hamline.edu/undergraduate/admission/apply.html.
- Official copies of college transcripts. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- A teacher/advisor recommendation. Applicants should submit at least one teacher/advisor recommendation.
- Official secondary school transcripts and test scores if the applicant has completed fewer than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours at the time of application or has graduated from high school within the past five years.
Four-Year College Transfer Students
Students planning to transfer to Hamline University from accredited institutions of collegiate rank should ordinarily transfer early enough in their college career to permit at least two full years of study at Hamline. Students who have completed more than two years of study should schedule an admission interview with a member of the admission staff.
To be considered for transfer admission, students transferring from four-year colleges must provide the same information as described under Community College Transfers. Official transcripts must be provided from all post-secondary institutions attended.
Transfer of Credit
The Registration and Records office, using official transcripts from a student’s previous schools, works with the faculty to determine the requirements met by transfer work. Only transfer work from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be considered for transfer. Transcripts and other documents submitted from other institutions and agencies are the property of Hamline University and will not be reissued to applicants, students, alumni, or other parties.
Information about the accreditation of colleges/universities in the north central region is available at www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org.
Classes will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Courses must be considered college-level, relevant to a liberal arts degree, and a student must have earned a C- or above. If a course is taken as Pass/No Pass, and the school awards a Pass for grades below a C-, a letter must be submitted from the institution’s registrar indicating the student would have received a C- or above before transfer credit is awarded. Please note that acceptance of credit may be for elective credit only; equivalency to Hamline courses is determined by individual departments. Students transferring credit will not receive credit twice for similar courses taken at Hamline. Grade point averages do not transfer.
A transfer student who chooses to retake a Hamline course that is equivalent to a course accepted for transfer credit may do so on an audit or zero-credit basis. The student may request the repeat only for the purpose of ensuring competency in a foreign language or other discipline before enrolling in continuation courses, and no additional credit or grade point average impact will result.
A maximum of 64 semester credits may be brought in from two-year colleges. Credit in narrowly vocational courses is not transferable. Nursing, mental health, chemical dependency, law enforcement, military, and other focused professional program credits are transferable up to a limit of 32 semester credits if the course content is suitable for a liberal arts program. 1.5 quarter credits equals 1 semester credit.
Students must earn at least 56 semester credits at Hamline in order to receive a Hamline degree (60 credits at Hamline are required to earn Latin Honors). A minimum of 16 semester credits in a student’s major must be taken at Hamline. The credit amount of transfer courses will not change if equivalency to a Hamline course is granted (i.e. a 3 credit course granted equivalency to a 4 credit Hamline course will remain at only 3 credits).
Articulation manuals showing Hamline course equivalencies for local community colleges are available at: www.hamline.edu/undergraduate/admission/transfer/guide.html. These articulation manuals are subject to change. Students earning credits at other institutions may be asked to provide copies of appropriate course catalogs or syllabi to assist in the evaluation transfer credit.
Transcripts from foreign schools must be submitted to an outside agency for course-by-course evaluation and processing before an evaluation can be completed. The agency must be a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Three commonly used agencies are World Education Service (WES) online at www.wes.org, Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) online at www.ece.org, or American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) online at www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm. These organizations usually charge students a fee for these services.
Students who have transferred in course work which they would like to have approved for their major or minor (which did not previously articulate as such) should follow these steps:
- Obtain a copy of the course syllabus and/or course description from the official course bulletin of the institution where the course was taken.
- Obtain a Course Substitution/Prior Approval for Transfer Credit form available online at www.hamline.edu/registrar/forms or at the Student Administrative Services office.
- Have the course reviewed by their major/minor advisor or the chair of the department.
- If the chair or advisor in the major/minor department approves the course he or she will sign the form.
- Return the signed form to the Student Administrative Services office.
Students who have transferred in course work that they would like evaluated for Hamline Plan requirements (which did not previously articulate as such) should follow these steps:
- Obtain a copy of the course syllabus. If a student no longer has a copy of the syllabus he or she may have to contact the former institution or instructor in order to provide a more complete description of the course than the course description provides.
- Attach a memo and/or the Course Substitution/Prior Approval for Transfer Credit form (available at www.hamline.edu/registrar/forms or at the Student Administrative Services office) to the syllabus listing the course and the desired Hamline Plan designation(s).
- Submit the memo and syllabus to the Student Administrative Services office to the attention of the Transfer Articulation Coordinator.
- The Transfer Articulation Coordinator will work with the faculty to review the course and will e-mail the decision.
- Additional information is at www.hamline.edu/cla/admission/transfer_credits
Advanced Placement (AP)
A student earning a score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Examination sponsored by the College Board may generally be awarded 4 credits. Scores of 3 may be accepted at the discretion of the appropriate departments. Scores of 1 or 2 will not be accepted. An official transcript must be received from the College Board. For instructions on ordering an AP transcript see: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html. Hamline course equivalencies are determined by the appropriate departments. A maximum of 20 semester credits from AP exams may transfer. A student may not exceed a total of 64 credits among AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST coursework. AP exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, and college course work may be duplicative. In those cases, a student will receive credit only once.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students taking the Higher Level International Baccalaureate exams may be eligible to receive credit at Hamline. An official transcript must be received from IB and can be obtained by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A student must earn at least a score of 4 or 5 depending on the subject area for credit to be considered. If accepted the student will receive either 4 or 8 credits depending on the exam. Hamline course equivalencies are determined by the appropriate departments. A maximum of 20 credits from IB courses may transfer. A student may not exceed a total of 64 credits among AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST coursework. AP exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, and college course work may be duplicative. In those cases, a student will receive credit only once.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)
The PSEO program is a Minnesota State program which allows qualified high school students to attend college classes while completing their high school degree. An official transcript must be received from the college or university (not the high school) for transfer credit to be considered. A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred in through AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST coursework. Other policies under the Transfer of Credit section (listed above) apply.
College in the Schools (CIS)/College Courses Taken at the High School
Transfer credit may be awarded for CIS courses or other college classes taken at a student’s high school provided an official transcript is received from the college or university awarding college credit (not the high school). A maximum of 16 credits from CIS courses may transfer. A student may not exceed a total of 64 credits among AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST course work. Other policies under the Transfer of Credit section (listed above) apply.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP examinations are administered by the College Board and are designed for individuals who have acquired knowledge outside the formal educational channels. The exams enable such individuals to demonstrate their college-level learning by taking tests that assess the knowledge and skills taught in introductory college courses. The exams are offered for a small fee at regional testing centers.
There are two types of exams: general exams and subject exams. Credit will not be awarded for a CLEP subject exam if a student has already taken a college level course in an equivalent subject area. Generally students who score at or above the American Council on Education’s (ACE) recommended score (usually 50) may be eligible to receive academic credit subject to approval by the appropriate department. English Composition CLEP exams are not accepted.
A maximum of 16 credits from CLEP exams may transfer. A student may not exceed a total of 64 credits among AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST coursework.
More information about CLEP is available at www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html.
DSST Examination Program (DANTES)
DSST exams are approved and accepted by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are designed for individuals who have acquired knowledge outside the formal educational channels. The exams are offered for a small fee at regional testing centers.
Credit will not be awarded for DSST exams if a student has already taken a college-level course in an equivalent subject area. Generally, students who score at or above the American Council on Education’s (ACE) recommended score (usually ranging from the mid- to upper-40s) may be eligible to receive academic credit subject to approval by the appropriate department. Technical Writing DSST exams do not fulfill Hamline’s first-year writing requirement.
A maximum of 16 credits from DSST exams may transfer. A student may not exceed a total of 64 credits among AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, CLEP, and DSST coursework.
More information about is available at www.getcollegecredit.com.
Credit Limitation for Transfer Work Completed While in High School
Hamline University will accept no more than 64 credits for accredited college level coursework taken while concurrently enrolled as a high school student. This includes course work from AP, IB, PSEO, CIS, and CLEP. In addition, AP and IB programs are limited to 20 credits each. CIS, CLEP and DSST programs are limited to 16 credits each. Students may transfer in up to 64credits of PSEO course work. The aggregate total for all programs must not exceed 64 credits.
Accepting an Offer of Admission
Admitted first-year students and transfer students accept the offer of admission by submitting a $400 admission deposit. This deposit may be paid after notification of admission. Deposits can also be made online, via Piperline, Hamline’s secure website for student services.
All matriculating first-year students must submit final transcripts from their secondary school. The college reserves the right to withdraw admission/enrollment for students who fail to perform adequately in their final term(s) of high school after accepting an offer of admission.
New Student Housing
On-campus residence is not required but is very strongly recommended for new students.
Your housing deposit is included in your $400 admission deposit. No additional deposit is collected for undergraduate students who apply to live on campus. See your individual housing contract for additional housing information.
International Student Admission
Applicants should have completed a college preparatory program. All applicants for admission must demonstrate their ability to be successful in college courses where English is the language of instruction. Students whose first language is English should file the results of one of the tests described under Admission Procedure for First-Year Students. Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a proficiency in English by scoring a minimum of 550 on the written TOEFL examination, 213 on the computer based TOEFL, 79-80 Internet-based TOEFL, IELTS score of 7.0, or through the completion of an approved English as a Second Language program. Students who will need additional training in English before beginning their college work are encouraged to attend an English as a Second Language program.
Hamline University supports international student enrollment by providing international programs and an advisor on campus. The advisor is available to assist international students in adjusting to the university’s academic programs, in immigration matters, and in taking fullest advantage of the academic and social opportunities the university provides.
Students who have not completed a secondary school diploma or who have graduated from non-accredited high schools may be admitted as degree seeking students upon application review and provided they are recommended for such admission by their secondary school. Students must demonstrate through their coursework, test results, personal statement, and an admission interview that they are capable of satisfactory work at a selective liberal arts college.
Students who have not completed secondary school may also be considered for admission as special students under the Minnesota Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program. These options are designed to provide talented high school seniors and juniors the opportunity to broaden their educational backgrounds through college-level classes. Admission is very selective and enrollment is limited.
Additional information about the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
Adult Special Students (non-degree seeking)
Students who are not degree candidates may enroll in Hamline courses provided they satisfy the requirements of the instructors concerned and are registered properly. Students planning to enroll as special students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for information and forms. Students planning to audit classes should contact the Office of Registration and Records.
Students who have already completed a college degree and would like to enroll to complete a teacher licensure program, or one of the certificate programs (paralegal, forensic science, international journalism, or conflict studies) must contact the Office of Graduate Admission. The admission staff will provide program information and application forms.
Readmission of Students
Former students who wish to return to Hamline after any interruption of registration must apply for readmission to the Office of Undergraduate Admission unless they have been on an approved leave of absence. If a student has taken courses at another college since leaving Hamline, an official transcript is required from each college the student has attended.
A personal statement discussing activities since leaving Hamline is also necessary to complete an application for readmission. The student should also address the reasons for returning to Hamline in the statement.
All students applying for readmission will be required to interview with a member of the undergraduate admission staff prior to consideration of the application Students who left Hamline on probation or who were suspended must also interview with a member of the admission staff prior to consideration of the application. The deadline for filing a readmission application is August 1 for the fall term and January 1 for the spring term.
Students who interrupt enrollment for more than one academic year must fulfill the Bulletin requirements in effect at the time of reentry/readmission, or they may opt to fulfill the requirements published in the last previous Bulletin. Only with written approval of the appropriate department chairperson or program director can students elect to fulfill the requirements of any previous Bulletin.
Hamline is approved by the Veterans Administration for the education of veterans under the provisions of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act (Public Law 16 and the Vocational 894). A certificate of eligibility should be secured by the veteran from the regional office of the Veterans Administration and presented to the Student Administrative Services office prior to registration. Hamline is responsible for certifying, training, and transmitting necessary credentials and information to the Veterans Administration. Advice is available at the Student Administrative Services office or through email at email@example.com.
|Full-time students enrolled for the academic year, tuition per year
|Part-time students, charge per credit
Current rates are provided by the Student Accounts office at www.hamline.edu/tuition.
|Audit fee for part-time and special students only, per course
In unusual circumstances, a student may petition to take an overload, which is more than 20 credits for either fall or spring term, or more than 5 credits in winter term. If the overload is approved, the student will be charged the per credit rate for each credit above the limit.
|Student fees (estimated)
|Health and accident insurance (estimated)
(see note at the end of this section)
Note: All students are required to have health and accident insurance and will be charged for Hamline insurance coverage. Students who have their own insurance will have the opportunity to go online and waive this insurance fee. If students do not submit an online waiver request, they will be enrolled in the school policy and will be responsible for the cost of that coverage.
Room and Board 2011-2012
Room per student per academic year:*
|Double, Triple, Quad:
A room reservation deposit is required of all new students who wish to reserve a room in a college residence hall. It will be applied to the room charge for the first year. Returning students are charged a cancellation fee if, during spring room selection, they reserve a room for the subsequent year and cancel that reservation after May 1, but prior to occupancy. Damage to a room or its furnishings, beyond ordinary wear and tear, will be charged to the student.
|Unlimited Meal Plan:
|14 Meal Plan:
|225 Block Meal Plan:
|175 Block Meal Plan:
*For other options, contact Residential Life.
Prior to the start of each term an E-bill showing basic charges and any credits designated by the financial aid office is prepared for each student by the student accounts office. This E-bill is early enough for plans to be made for the school year. Hamline students may elect the following payment options:
- Semester payment plan-fall term due August 15 and spring term due January 17 as billed; or
- Installment plan-tuition, fees, room and board are paid in 10 monthly payments through Tuition Management Systems for an annual fee; or
- Prepayment discount-tuition, fees, room and board for the entire year paid in full by June 15 receives a discount determined annually.
For students who officially withdraw from college during a term, the amount of tuition owed is calculated from the date on record of their withdrawal or leave, not from the date the student ceases to attend classes. Students who officially withdraw from classes before the end of the 10th day of class will not be responsible for any tuition charges. After that date, the amount of tuition owed will be calculated daily on an increasing scale based on the percentage of days in the term before the withdrawal date. Students who withdraw after 60 percent of the term has passed will be responsible for all tuition charges.
The same schedule is used to calculate the amount of tuition owed when a student drops from full-time to part-time or from overload to full-time.
Financial aid will be canceled or prorated as required by the programs. See the financial aid instruction guide for details.
Student fees assessed by the university or the Student Congress are not refundable.
It is important that students register during the stated registration periods. Students who fail to complete registration (including financial arrangements) by the first day of classes will be charged a late registration fee.
Late Payment Policy
Late payment penalties are imposed thirty days after the start of fall and spring semesters:
- For account balances over $1000, a late payment fee of 5% (up to $500) will be assessed.
Hamline does not carry insurance on the personal property of faculty, students, or staff and is not responsible for the loss or damage of such property.
Financial assistance is granted on the basis of the student’s estimated financial eligibility as measured by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Along with most other colleges and universities, Hamline uses the FAFSA to provide a fair, objective, and unbiased estimate of a student’s eligibility for assistance. Assistance is granted through a combination of scholarships or grants, loans, and campus employment.
An award is made one year at a time. The exact amount of eligibility is determined each year on the basis of confidential income information.
Students must maintain full-time status to be eligible for Hamline-sponsored grant or scholarship assistance. Students are normally allowed grant assistance for a total of eight cumulative terms, including all previous postsecondary work. Financial aid eligibility for fifth year students is limited to non-Hamline sponsored programs. Selected Title IV funds are available to eligible students maintaining at least one half of the full-time course load. Eligibility for these funds is determined both by the amount of demonstrated financial eligibility and maintenance of minimal satisfactory progress toward a degree.
Minnesota state residents: the Minnesota definition of full-time enrollment for students qualifying for the State Grant Program is 15 credits per semester. The estimated grant is based on full-time enrollment of fifteen credits per semester and will be pro-rated if registered for less. Winter term credits may be combined with either fall or spring semesters to achieve fifteen credits.
Minnesota State Grants are given by the State of Minnesota. Students are eligible for State Grant for the equivalent of eight full-time semesters in total. This total includes all previous postsecondary credits attempted or earned at other institutions.
Students who wish to apply for financial assistance should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov indicating that he or she wants the results sent to Hamline University (FAFSA Code #002354). A Hamline application and supporting income tax information may be required.
It will take one to two weeks for the FAFSA to be processed by the US Department of Education.
Financial Aid Adjustments
In the event that we receive new or additional information including, but not limited to, housing, outside funding, or enrollment, your financial aid is subject to change.
Students who have transferred credits to Hamline begin their course of study at the grade level approved by Registration and Records. Coursework that has not transferred will not be reviewed as part of the maximum time frame requirement for aid eligibility.
Financial Aid for Summer Term
Financial aid is available for summer students enrolled in at least six credits. Financial aid for summer term normally consists of a portion of your Federal Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, SELF, private loans, or Federal PLUS Loans. Minnesota State and Pell Grants may also be available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 651-523-3000 for more information on eligibility and application deadlines.
If you are eligible to receive VA educational benefits during the academic year, you are probably eligible to receive them for the summer. For further information, consult the Hamline VA representative, at 651-523-3000.
Types of Financial Aid
Scholarships and Grants
Hamline grants of various types are available to new and returning students on the basis of demonstrated financial eligibility. Over 150 different endowed and restricted scholarships are available to students who both meet the requirement of the donors and demonstrate financial eligibility or meet requirements established by campus departments.
In addition, Hamline offers merit-based scholarships to incoming students recognizing academic excellence. Hamline merit-based aid may be used to meet demonstrated financial need. If a student withdraws from the University and subsequently re-enrolls, he/she forfeits the original merit-based scholarship. A combination of Hamline-sponsored scholarships, grants, and/or federal or state scholarships/grants may not exceed Hamline tuition.
A list of individual scholarship funds appears under the “Scholarship Funds” section below.
Long-term, low-interest loans are available to Hamline students through the following programs:
The Federal Perkins Loan Program is funded by both Hamline and the federal government, and is administered by Hamline. Students with exceptional financial need are automatically considered for this loan when they apply for assistance through the school.
The Federal Stafford Loan Program is funded by the federal government. Application forms can be obtained on the Office of Financial Aid web site at www.hamline.edu/fa.
The Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is funded by the federal government and requires prior credit approval of the parent borrower. Application forms can be obtained on the Office of Financial Aid web site at www.hamline.edu/fa.
The United Methodist Student Loan Fund is available to students who are full members of the United Methodist Church. Students complete a loan application, available from the Office of Financial Aid.
The Minnesota Supplemental Educational Loan Fund (SELF) is intended to help students who need to borrow more than is allowed under existing programs and students who have limited access to other financial aid programs. The SELF loan application can be completed on-line at www.hamline.edu/fa. The SELF loan has a variable interest rate and a requirement for quarterly interest payments. A credit-worthy co-signer is required to obtain a SELF loan.
There are a variety of private loans available. All private loans are based on satisfactory credit history. Contact the Financial Aid Office for term of loans. Students may apply on-line at www.hamlie.edu/fa.
For a description of employment opportunities, see Campus Employment in this Bulletin.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Financial aid eligibility is based on satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards that Hamline University of Financial Aid is required by the U. S. Department of Education to establish, publish, and apply. The Financial Aid Office measures academic performance and enforces SAP standards to ensure that financial aid recipients progress toward completion of their degree or certificate program. Students who fail to meet these standards become ineligible to receive financial aid until compliant with all of the requirements detailed in this policy.
To demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student’s academic performance must meet two main SAP components. The first is a qualitative component, represented by grade point average (GPA). The second is a quantitative component measured by credit completion (the ratio between attempted and completed credits) and the maximum timeframe to complete the degree or certificate program.
Section 1. Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress
Grade Point Average - All undergraduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of their second year.
Credit Completion – Students must complete 67% of all credits attempted. A completed credit has a grade of A, B, C, D, H, or HP. Withdrawals, incompletes, and repeated courses are included in attempted credits.
|Minimum Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid
|Cumulative Attempted Credits
|Up to 16.0 credits
|16.1 - 32.0 credits
|32.1 - 48.0 credits
Maximum Time Frame – All students are expected to finish their degree or certificate within an acceptable period of time. Financial aid recipients may continue to receive federal aid through their cumulative attempted credit that equals 150% of the required number of credits needed to complete their program, including transfer credits from another college that apply to the Hamline program. Students who require developmental coursework may appeal to have the 150% limit extended.
Section 2. Definitions/Conditions
Credit – A credit is the unit by which academic work is measured.
Attempted credit – An attempted credit includes all credits for which you are registered at the beginning of each term.
Cumulative credits – Cumulative credits represent the total number of credits evaluated (attempted and earned) for all periods of enrollment at the University, including summer and J-terms or terms for which the student did not receive aid.
Earned credits – Earned credits are those that are successfully completed with a grade of A, B, C, D, HP, and P and all plus and minus variations. Grades of I, W, N, F, and EX, or drops are not counted as earned credits. Audit credits are not counted as attempted or earned credits.
Grade Point Average (GPA) – The GPA is calculated using a grade point value outlined in the catalog for grades A, B, C, D, and F and all plus or minus variations. Although a grade of P or HP will count as credit earned, it carries no grade point value.
Incompletes – An “I” or “EX” are included in the cumulative credits attempted. These credits cannot be used as earned credits until a passing grade is assigned.
Repeat Credits – Repeats may be allowed in order to improve a grade or meet program requirements. They are included in credit completion and maximum time frame standards. The most recent grade will become the grade calculated for GPA.
Transfer Credits – Grades associated with transfer credits are not included in the cumulative GPA calculation. Transfer credits accepted by Hamline University that are applicable to the current degree program apply toward the maximum time frame calculation for that program.
Change of Major, and Dual Degree – Many students receive multiple awards from Hamline University. Only attempted credits eligible for application toward the student’s current degree program will count toward the maximum time frame of that degree. Attempted and earned credits under all majors will be included in the calculation of GPA and credit completion. Students who change majors or seek a dual degree may appeal for an extension of the maximum time frame provision of this policy. Appeals will be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO) – Credits earned while a PSEO student at Hamline University will be included in the cumulative credit completion standard, GPA, and maximum time frame calculation. PSEO credits earned at another postsecondary institution will be treated as transfer credits for federal financial aid purposes.
Consortium/Joint Program Credits – Credits accepted by the University are included with attempted and earned credit totals.
Section 3. Implementation
Academic progress for every financial aid applicant will be monitored after each semester, including summer term. If the program is less than one year in length the review will take place at the mid-point. All of a student’s academic coursework is considered in the review process, whether the student received aid that term or not. The assessment will be based on the student’s entire academic record, including all transfer credit hours accepted.
Financial Aid Warning Status
If the student does not meet either the GPA or Credit Completion standard, the student will be placed on Financial Aid warning for the next registered term. While on warning status, students are eligible to receive financial aid. Students on warning status are encouraged to use the many academic support services on campus to improve their academic standing.
To be removed from financial aid warning status the student must meet GPA and credit completion standards. A student who has reached the maximum time frame prior to completing the program will no longer eligible for financial aid.
Financial Aid Ineligibility/Suspension
Students who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA and/or credit completion ratio or do not meet the terms of financial aid warning status will be no longer eligible for federal, state or institutional aid. Students may be eligible for private loan programs and outside assistance that does not require SAP.
Provided the student’s academic status allows for registration, s/he may attend the University at his or her own expense until the minimum cumulative GPA and credit completion requirement has been met.
Hamline University may immediately deem a student ineligible for financial aid in the event of extraordinary circumstances, such as a student who registers for but does not earn any credits for two consecutive terms, or a student who demonstrates an attendance pattern that abuses the receipt of financial aid.
Students who failed to meet these standards due to unusual circumstances may appeal the financial aid SAP suspension status.
Students who have been suspended by the University are no longer eligible for financial aid. If a student is readmitted, s/he may need to complete the financial aid suspension appeal process. Eligibility for financial aid will be determined based on financial aid SAP standards through a review of the academic record.
Section 4. Right to Appeal
Financial Aid Ineligibility/Suspension
A student who is unable to achieve satisfactory academic progress and is suspended from receiving financial aid has the right to appeal based on unusual or extenuating circumstances, such as illness, injury or other special circumstance. The student may appeal the financial aid suspension status at any time during the term if:
- The record shows that the student has now earned the required cumulative minimum GPA and credit completion ratio to meet SAP standards.
- The student is readmitted after suspension by the University.
- Unusual circumstances interfered with the student’s ability to meet SAP standards, including but not limited to:
- Illness, accident, or injury experienced by the student or a significant person in the student’s life.
- Death of a family member or significant person in the student’s life.
- Divorce experienced by the student or parent.
- Reinstatement after an academic dismissal or extended break in the student’s enrollment.
- Personal problems or issues with spouse, family, roommate, or other significant person.
- Exceeding time frame while in a second undergraduate or dual degree program or as a result of changing major.
To appeal, students must submit to the Financial Aid Office the following:
- A statement from the student explaining the nature of the extenuating circumstances that contributed to the SAP deficiency.
- Third party documentation to support the circumstances.
- An explanation of how the barriers/circumstances to academic success have been removed.
- Approved academic plan developed by the student and Center for Academic Services (CAS).
Financial Aid Probation
If the student successfully appeals the financial aid ineligibility/suspension status, the student will be placed on Financial Aid probation for their next registered term. While on probation, students are eligible to receive financial aid. Students on probation status are encouraged to use the many academic support services on campus to improve their academic standing.
To be removed from financial aid probation for following terms, the student must meet the GPA and credit completion standards.
In order to continue on probation for additional terms, the student must be meeting the terms listed in their specific approved academic plan.
Students eligible for financial aid are provided assistance through a variety of scholarships from several sources, annual and endowed. Hamline is especially grateful to the many benefactors who have established permanent endowed scholarships, the income from which forms an integral part of Hamline’s financial aid program.
Scholarships for New Students
Hamline University offers a academic merit scholarships for new students based on their high school records and standardized test scores. Students who transfer to Hamline with 24 or more college credits receive scholarships based on the college grades. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for details.
United Methodist Matching Scholarship Program (Local)
Hamline University will match up to $1000 per year, renewable for three additional years, a scholarship awarded to a student from their local United Methodist Church. The scholarship check should be mailed directly to the Hamline University Financial Aid Office and identify the student recipient. Only one contribution will be matched if a student has both a local United Methodist Church Scholarship and a National United Methodist Church Scholarship.
United Methodist Church Scholarship (National)
Please see the United Methodist Church General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Web site at www.gbhem.org to obtain updated information on national UMC scholarship options available to active United Methodist Church members. Financial Aid will match qualifying national scholarships up to $1000. Only one contribution will be matched if a student has both a local United Methodist Church Scholarship and a qualifying National United Methodist Church Scholarship.