2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are generally available to cover the educational costs for Graduate programs. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan has interest accruing from the time the funds are disburse, and is available during any term in which the student is enrolled at least half‐time (5 credits or more). This loan is not based on financial need, but interested students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility.

Satisfactory Academic Progress:

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to retain eligibility for institutional as well as federal assistance. Students whose academic progress falls below certain standards will be placed on probation or dismissed from the university. Graduate students must meet a 3.0 GPA and 67% completion rate of coursework attempted. Transfer hours accepted by the University are included in this calculation, both in the completed and the attempted hours. . In addition, students who exceed 150% of the published program length will be ineligible for federal aid. For example, if a program requires 30 credit hours for completion, the maximum time frame for funding the student is up to 45 credit hours. This criteria is determined based on completed credit hours.

Refund Policy:

Students who withdraw from the institution will have 100 percent of their tuition and fees refunded during the first calendar week of the term. If the term is offered in modules 100% refund is during the first week of classes. Reference the Refund/Repayment Policy online for term specific dates. Beginning with the eighth calendar day of the standard semester, tuition will be recalculated on a prorated basis.

Room and board charges will be refunded on a prorated basis beginning with the first day of the term. Any financial aid credited to the student's account will also be adjusted. No refund is made after 60 percent of the term has passed. Review the complete policy online. For information specific to the current academic year please check out our online resources.

Grievance Policy:

An individual has the right to file a complaint with outside enforcement agencies including:
United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
South Dakota Division of Human Rights
South Dakota Department of Labor
South Dakota Secretary of State
Higher Learning Commission
State or local law enforcement or prosecution authorities

In the event an individual in another state wishes to file a complaint with their state agency, a listing of all state boards can be found here.

Military and Veteran Assistance:

Designated as both a Yellow Ribbon School and a Veteran Friendly School, Augustana University is committed to assisting veterans in their pursuit of post-secondary education. The University also participates in the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC programs for students who are interested in military careers. Veterans and their families can utilize the traditional GI Bill® as well as the Post 911 GI Bill benefits for tuition and fees at Augustana. Review the complete policy online.

Code of Conduct:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires the development and enforcement of a Code of Conduct to govern all educational loan activity. See Code of Conduct for more information.