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Completing a Diploma Card
The deadline for filing diploma cards in the Office of the Registrar is listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of
the Undergraduate Catalog. It is to the benefit of the student to file the diploma card at least one semester prior to
the semester the student plans to graduate.
A degree audit will be made as soon as the diploma card is received, and the student will receive a letter indicating
requirements needed for graduation within a couple of weeks. The student should notify the assistant registrar
one month before graduation if his/her graduation date changes. A student’s name will appear on the
commencement program only once.
A late fee of $25 will be charged for late diploma cards. Beginning approximately six weeks after the deadline, this
late fee will increase substantially in order to add a student to the graduation list so late in the process.
Students who are enrolled in the hours and courses necessary to complete graduation requirements and have filed
a diploma card in the Office of the Registrar. Students who have NOT finished their chapel credits will NOT be
allowed to participate in graduation.
Beginning with the 2007 catalog, students with a GPA of 3.55 or above with at least 60 residence HSU hours are
eligible for honors. These honors are based on GPA completed (not including semester of graduation). The gold
honor cords are the only cords that may be worn at Commencement.
Applying for Financial Aid
HSU financial aid services are available in the Office of Enrollment Services located in Sandefer Memorial Building.
The Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) is required for federal or state grant and loan eligibility.
The HSU Undergraduate Catalog provides descriptions of HSU academic, departmental, church-related, and other
scholarships and grants. The Financial Aid page of the HSU website addresses all aspects of financial aid at HSU.
The Financial Aid Guide is of particular benefit to all students and parents.
FASFA applications are required annually to receive government grants or loans. March 15 is the annual priority
date. Reapplying early provides the best financial aid package. Applications are processed throughout the
The Federal Direct Loan is available to all degree-seeking U. S. citizens enrolled at least half-time. The Work Study
program provides an opportunity to students seeking campus employment. Students and parents are welcome to
visit the Office of Enrollment Services or to call to discuss matters pertaining to financial aid.
Class Preparation and Attendance
Outside preparation is necessary for success in a class assignment and involves budgeting time and applying a high
degree of purpose and self‐discipline. Most professors expect at least two hours of work outside of the classroom
for every hour spent in class. Each day’s assignments are important, as are accurate and concise class notes.
Professors and advisors are available to give assistance, but the student is responsible for participating fully in all
learning opportunities, for reading and researching outside of class, for taking complete notes, and for taking the
initiative to seek help if needed.
Students should not miss class. Punctual attendance is essential to success in a course and is expected of all
students. Whether the absence is excused or unexcused, the student is still responsible for all course material
presented in or assigned on the day of the absence and will be held accountable for such material in the
determination of course grades. Instructors have the right to fail any student missing 25% of the class meetings
and/or laboratory sessions scheduled for a course (excused or unexcused).