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  Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require that financial aid recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for federal financial aid (i.e. Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, and Federal Work Study). Institutions, state education agencies, and scholarship providers have established guidelines that also require students to meet certain academic standards in order to remain eligible for their award. Standards of satisfactory academic progress apply to all students whether or not they receive financial aid. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is defined as advancing toward fulfilling requirements for a degree or certificate in a given program of study.

SAP is measured in three areas:

Cumulative Grade Point Average (Qualitative Standard)
The "qualitative" standard is measured by the cumulative grade point average. Students must maintain a minimum term and cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (a C average) on a 4.0 scale. A term is considered a semester, quarter, or trimester. Many students and parents are confused about calculating GPA’s. The school automatically computes each student’s GPA. However, if you want to compute your GPA yourself, click here to learn how.

2. Credit Hours Earned (Quantitative Standard)
The "quantitative" standard is measured by the total number of attempted credits compared to the total number of completed credits. Students must complete a minimum percentage (typically between 60-70%) of all coursework (registered credit hours) specified in the school’s Financial Aid Guide. Any course with a grade of withdraw (W), incomplete (I), progress (PR) or audit (AU) is not considered completed coursework. Transfer credits are not included in the calculation. Repeat courses are included in the calculation. Each school has established guidelines that students must complete at least the minimum number of credit hours based on his/her enrollment status (Full- or Part-Time Status) for each year in their program of study.
3. Maximum Time Frame
Students must complete a degree/certificate program within a maximum time frame in order to be eligible to receive financial aid. Federal regulations specify that the time frame must not exceed 150 percent of credit hours required for that program. For example: An academic degree/certificate program’s length for completion is 60 credit hours. The maximum time frame could not exceed 90 attempted credit hours (60 X 1.50).

To ensure that a student is making sufficient academic progress throughout his/her course of study, the financial aid office compares the number of hours the student attempted with the number of hours the student successfully completed. Financial aid will not be awarded to students who have exceeded the maximum allowable time frame when satisfactory academic progress is reviewed each term.

Students who have at least one credit hour of maximum time-frame eligibility at the time of review may receive aid for an additional term. All terms of attendance are reviewed, including periods when students did not receive financial aid and all coursework that was attempted and may have been used to determine financial aid eligibility. Preparatory hours are excluded. Repeat courses are included in the calculation.

A student who exceeds the maximum time frame is required to complete the remainder of the degree/certificate program at his/her own expense, unless an appeal is approved by the financial aid office or appropriate person/department.

To ensure financial aid recipients are making satisfactory academic progress, academic transcripts, provided by the school’s registrar to the financial aid office, are reviewed at the end of each term to determine eligibility for the next term. All terms of enrollment are reviewed; this includes periods when financial aid was not received as well as all coursework that was attempted and may have been used to determine financial aid eligibility.

Incoming students with no previous postsecondary experience, who are admitted into the institution, and enrolled in an eligible degree/certificate program, are assumed to be making reasonable academic progress at the time of application. Continuing students applying for financial aid for the first time, must have maintained reasonable progress during previous terms of enrollment.

Transfer students are assumed to have reasonable progress regardless of prior post secondary attendance. In the case of an applicant whose academic transcripts indicates failure to maintain reasonable progress, the applicant will be granted a probationary term and satisfactory progress will be reviewed at the end of the probationary term. Credits transferred from previous institutions are counted toward the quantitative standard and the maximum number of attempted credit hours allowed. Transfer credits are not taken into account when satisfactory progress is reviewed.

Remedial courses are included when determining a students enrollment status, provided the student has been accepted into a degree/certificate granting program.

A student is expected to complete the appropriate minimum number of credit hours outlined in the school’s Financial Aid Guide and maintain a minimum 2.00 term and cumulative grade point average.

Students who do not meet the requirements outlined in the school’s Financial Aid Guide are placed on:
Financial Aid Probation or
Financial Aid Suspension


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