Sophomore Alternative Semester FAQs

Sophomore Alternative Semester FAQs

Sophomore Alternative Semester FAQ

COURSES

Can I add or drop an SAS course once the term begins?
SAS students are required to enroll in 12 or 15 credits. Students may Add/Drop a SAS course after consultation with and approval from their Academic Advisor. This must be done prior to the end of the Add/ Drop period listed on the Academic Calendar. Students may not enter a class after the  Add/Drop period. Tuition charges will be adjusted accordingly.  

Can I withdraw from an SAS course?
After the Add/Drop period, a student may be allowed to withdraw from a course until the end of the withdrawal period after consultation with their Academic Advisor.   If a full time student withdraws from a course, but remains enrolled at the College, the tuition charges are not adjusted.  

Note: Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid at Lasell. Satisfactory progress is defined as earning a 2.0 GPA per and passing at least 12 credits per term. Full details can be found here: www.lasell.edu/tuition-and-aid.

EMPLOYMENT

Is it the students' responsibility to find a job?

  • It is ultimately the student's responsibility to secure a part-time job, working 16-20 hours per week, over the course of the SAS. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Career Counselor in the Office of Career Services to create an effective cover letter and a well-organized resume.
  • Students may request a meeting with the Director of Internship Programs, (who will be the instructor for the Professional Development and Leadership and Professional Success Seminars), to discuss possible options for where to apply for jobs.
  • Students who begin a job in the summer, are permitted to continue in that job through the fall semester, if they wish to do so.
  • If a student loses the job, for any reason, it will be their responsibility to find another job; both the Office of Career Services and the Director of Internship Programs will be available to offer support and guidance.

Will this part-time job count as my required internship?

  • No, this is not considered a professional internship, and will not count as a required internship for your major.

What will the Professional Development  and Leadership and Professional Success Seminars consist of and will it be graded?

  • There will be weekly on-line discussions, written assignments, and reflections. 
  • Yes, these courses will be graded, and the employer will be completing an evaluation that will be part of the final grade.

FINANCES

Is Financial Aid available for the SAS Program?

  • Students are eligible for federal, state and outside financial aid. Due to the significant reduction in tuition costs, Lasell aid in the form of scholarships or grants is not available.  Furthermore, financial aid packages for the SAS semester are calculated to account for the lower tuition. 

Will Lasell aid be reinstated following the SAS term?
Yes, Lasell aid will be reinstated as long as the student makes satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid at Lasell. Satisfactory progress is defined as earning a 2.0 GPA per term and passing at least 12 credits per term. Full details can be found here: www.lasell.edu/tuition-and-aid.

ON-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

Can I still participate in on-campus activities while I'm enrolled in the SAS Program?

  • Students who are able to travel to campus are eligible to participate in athletics, clubs, and organizations during the SAS semester.

HOUSING

Are SAS students required to live at home during the SAS term?
Students are required to live off-campus during the SAS term, but they are not required to live at home.
Thomas Morgan, the Coordinator of Off-Campus Housing, is available to provide guidance, support, and in some cases referrals to help with the off-campus housing search process.

Am I guaranteed on-campus housing following the SAS Program?
All students who participate in a SAS term are required to make a non-refundable enrollment deposit. The deposit will secure on-campus housing for those who wish to live on campus in the semester following the SAS term. Enrollment deposit information will be issued by the Student Accounts Office.

How will I be notified about on-campus housing following the SAS term?
Students who make the resident non-refundable deposit will be contacted by the Residential Life Office during the SAS term confirming their intention to live on-campus following the SAS term. Once confirmed, the Residential Life Office will begin the room selection and assignment process with the SAS student.