Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for federal financial aid will continue to be checked once a year at the end of the spring term. However, due to changes in federal regulations, effective with the fall 2011 term, students will not automatically be given a one year probationary period to get back on track. Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid will be looking at cumulative progress instead of annual progress. The student is expected to complete 67% of all credits attempted in order to graduate within the 150% timeframe allowed by federal regulation. The Department of Education’s goal is to limit how long students who are not making SAP can continue to receive Title IV aid, especially loans. Please familiarize yourself with the policy below.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Effective Fall 2011
- Student requirements to make SAP:
- Maintain cumulative GPA (1.5 at end of 1st academic year, 2.0 at end of 2nd and subsequent academic years)
- Successfully complete 67% of all credits attempted (fractions will follow normal rounding rules)
- Must complete degree within 150% of slated time
- 150%, for 60 credits or AA/AS = 90 credits
- 150% for 120 credits or BA/BS = 180 credits
- Satisfactory Academic Progress is checked once a year after spring term.
- If SAP is not met at the end of the spring term, then student loses Title IV (i.e. Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG Grants,
Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, and Federal Work Study) eligibility.
- Re-establishing Eligibility for Financial Aid:
- Make up credits and cumulative GPA by:
- Paying for credits with own funds
- Have grades posted for incompletes, etc.
- Written appeal
- This would place the student on Financial Aid ‘Probation’ for one term or an ‘Academic Plan’ for more than one term, to allow the student to re-establish eligibility.
- 2nd and subsequent appeals