First baccalaureate degree
students are allowed to earn 150% of the required number of credits to earn a degree. Most undergraduate degrees require 120 credits. Therefore, a student enrolling in a semester after earning their 180th credit is no longer considered to be making Satisfactory Progress toward the degree. The 180 credit total includes all MSU assessed credits. (Assessed credits are defined as credits the student is enrolled in at the end of the official drop and add period and for which the student is charged, even if they drop those credits later.)
Agriculture Technology and Veterinary Technology Certificates require up to 60 credits. The 150% limit is specific to the published credit requirement for the program. A 48-credit program would have a limit of 72 credits.
All credits earned at any higher education institution (transfer credits) are counted in both the attempted and completed totals, whether or not MSU has accepted them toward the degree and whether or not the student received aid for them. This includes credits earned in another major or degree program, whether or not they are accepted into your current degree program.
Repeated, remedial, and incomplete credits count as assessed credits. Even though a repeated course will count only once toward the student's academic requirements and the student's GPA, each repeat is assessed separately and thus counts separately for aid purposes. See also how financial aid pays for repeated credits
Students are also monitored for degree completion
. Once a student has successfully completed the degree requirements, they are not eligible for further aid, even if they continue to enroll and do not apply to have the degree conferred.
Second undergraduate degree
students are limited to 90 assessed credits beyond those earned for the first undergraduate degree.
Students in graduate programs
may not receive financial aid if they have exceeded the time limits published in Academic Programs
for the appropriate master's, doctoral, or professional program.
Master's students have five calendar years to complete the degree, with exceptions for Arts & Letters, Human Medicine, Natural Science, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Science, and Veterinary Medicine, which allow six calendar years, and Master of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Letters, which allows nine.
Doctoral degrees require the completion of all requirements within eight calendar years of the first course taken for the doctoral program.
Consequences of failure to meet this requirement
: Students who reach their maximum credits or time limit without completing the degree will be denied further financial aid as a student at that level. For example, if an undergraduate exceeds 180 credits, the student is denied further aid until the degree is conferred (the student graduates). The student then regains eligibility for a second undergraduate or a graduate degree.
If the student is attempting a master's degree and reaches the five year eligibility limit, they are denied further aid until a master's degree has been conferred, at which time they would regain eligibility for a second master's, doctoral, or professional degree.