Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Title IV Financial Aid Programs
In order to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, for purposes of receipt of Title IV student financial assistance, an undergraduate student must meet all the standards specified below.
Undergraduate Students must achieve at least the GPA required to meet the college's minimum retention standard, or successfully appeal to be placed on academic probation; if enrolled in a program of more than two years, achieve at least a "C" average, or its equivalent, at the end of the second academic year, or have an academic standing consistent with the requirements for graduation.
|Minimum GPA Requirement
|.5 to 12
|13 to 24
|25 or more
Undergraduate Students may not attempt more than 150% of the credits normally required for completion of the degree.
Example: If your program requires 120 credits to graduate you may not exceed 180 attempted credits.
For students in baccalaureate programs, accumulated (or earned) credits must be equal to or greater than a certain percentage of the total credits attempted according to the following:
Examples of Progression:
Required Earned Credits
|Attempted Credit Range
|Required Earned Percentage
|0 to 24 Credit(s)
|25 to 30 Credits
|31 to 36 Credits
|37 to 45 Credits
|46 to 48 Credits
|49 to 60 Credits
|61 to 72 Credits
|73 to 94 Credits
|95 to 120 Credits
|121 to 129 Credits
|130 to 138 Credits
|139 to 150 Credits
|152 to 156 Credits
|157 to 164 Credits
|165 to 180 Credits
|181 or more Credits
All undergraduate students (whether aid recipients or not) will be measured against each of the three SAP standards at the end of the spring term to determine eligibility for receipt of Title IV student financial assistance in the upcoming year.
In order to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, for purposes of receipt of Title IV Federal Student Assistance, a graduate student must meet all the standards specified below.
Graduate Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, or have an academic standing consistent with the requirements for graduation.
Graduate Students may not attempt more than 150% of the credits normally required for completion of the degree.
Example: If your program requires 42 credits to graduate you may not exceed 63 attempted credits.
Graduate Students must accumulate credits toward the degree greater than or equal to two-thirds of the cumulative credits attempted.
All graduate students will be measured against each of the three SAP standards at the end of each spring term to determine eligibility for receipt of Title IV student financial assistance in the upcoming year.
Students who fail to meet the college’s minimum retention standard but successfully appeal to be placed on academic probation are considered to be meeting the qualitative standard of progress for receipt of Title IV student financial assistance.
Financial Aid Suspension
Undergraduate students who do not meet the minimum undergraduate standard and graduate students who do not meet the minimum graduate standard will be placed on financial aid suspension and lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. Students on financial aid suspension will remain ineligible for Title IV federal student assistance until they take actions that once again bring them into compliance with the appropriate progress standard.
Right to Appeal
Students who have been placed on financial aid suspension may appeal through the normal institutional academic appeals process to retain eligibility for Title IV assistance. Students may appeal any component of the SAP standard they have not been able to meet including not meeting the minimum GPA and exceeding the maximum time frame for program completion.
An appeal must be based upon mitigating circumstances resulting from events such as personal illness or injury, illness or death of a family member, loss of employment, or changes in the academic program. The student’s appeal must include a) the reasons why the student failed to make SAP and b) what has changed in his or her situation that will allow the student to demonstrate SAP at the next evaluation.
The appeal may be granted if the school:
- Determines that the student will be able to meet the appropriate SAP standard by the end of the next payment period (semester); OR
- Develops an academic plan for the student that, if followed, will ensure that the student will be able to meet the appropriate SAP standard by a specific point in time.
Title IV appeals will be reviewed by a college committee, made up of representatives from Counseling, SEEK, Student Affairs, Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offices, who can make an accurate academic assessment of the student’s capability to meet the appropriate SAP standard by the next payment period/semester. If the committee determines that the student should be able to meet the SAP standards by the end of the next semester, the student may be placed on financial aid probation without an academic plan.
If the committee determines that the student will require more than one payment period to meet SAP, it may develop an individual academic plan that outlines a detailed strategy for the student to regain SAP eligibility within a certain probationary time frame. The plan can be for one payment period/semester or longer. The academic plan should specify conditions that must be met for the period covered by the appeal such as the specific coursework that must be taken, the minimum GPA that must be attained, and the number of credits that must be successfully completed.
Title IV SAP Plans can be obtained by contacting the office that relates to your student group/major from the list below:
- Undergraduate Students-
Academic Advisement Center | e-mail: email@example.com
- Graduate Students must contact their respective Graduate Program Director or Advisement staff member. For your convenience, a list of program directors and advisement staff member contact information can be found here
Financial Aid Probation
A student who has been granted an appeal will be placed on financial aid probation. Students in this status have their eligibility for Title IV program assistance reinstated for one payment period (semester). At the end of the probationary semester, the college will review the student’s academic progress to determine whether the student has met the appropriate SAP standard or has fulfilled the requirements specified in the student’s academic plan. A student who once again meets the appropriate progress standard after the probationary semester will continue to receive Title IV assistance until the next scheduled progress evaluation. Students who meet all the conditions of their academic plan at the end of the probationary semester will continue to receive Title IV assistance on a monitored, semester-by-semester basis until the next scheduled progress evaluation.
There is no limit on the number of times a student may follow the financial aid appeals procedure. Although a student may file only one appeal per payment period (semester), additional appeals to extend financial aid probation to subsequent semesters are allowed. As in the original appeal, the student would indicate the mitigating circumstances, the reasons why SAP was not achieved, and what has changed that will ensure the student will be able to meet SAP at the next evaluation. If a student fails to meet the conditions of an approved academic plan, he or she may submit an additional appeal to modify or adjust the plan for the subsequent payment period(s) documenting any unusual circumstances that prevented them from meeting the goals established by the original plan. The college may approve or decline the subsequent appeal and may create an updated plan based on the information submitted.
Other than having eligibility restored through filing a successful appeal, a student on financial aid suspension may regain eligibility only by taking action that brings him or her into compliance with the appropriate progress standard. The mere passage of time is insufficient to restore Title IV eligibility to a student who has lost eligibility due to not meeting the SAP standard. Therefore, students may not re-establish eligibility solely by leaving the institution for at least one year because this action, by itself, would not bring the student into compliance for Title IV SAP.
Students who choose to remain enrolled without receiving Title IV aid may request a review of their academic record after any term in which they were on financial aid suspension to determine if they were able to re-attain the appropriate standard.
If a student is on financial aid suspension at the beginning of the academic year for not meeting one or more components of the school’s SAP standard but meets them at some point later in the academic year, the student may regain Title IV eligibility as follows:
Federal Pell Grant/Campus-based Funds
For Pell Grant and campus-based programs, the student regains eligibility retroactively to the beginning of the most recent payment period during which the student once again met the school’s satisfactory academic progress standards, unless the school’s satisfactory progress policy provides for reinstatement of eligibility at some later point.
Federal Direct Loan Programs
For Federal Direct program funds, the student regains eligibility for the entire period of enrollment. Again, this period generally coincides with the entire academic year, unless the school’s satisfactory academic progress policy provides for reinstatement of eligibility at some later point.
Treatment of Aid in Other Specific Circumstance
A student not making SAP cannot re-establish eligibility for Title IV program assistance by re-enrolling after a one-year or longer period of non-re-enrollment. Upon readmission after any period of non-re-enrollment, the student’s Title IV progress standing must be reevaluated for SAP under the standard as the record stood at the end of their last term of attendance. If the student has taken any action during the period of non-re-enrollment that would bring him or her into compliance with the progress standard (e.g., successfully completing transferable courses at another institution during the period of absence), this should also be factored into the reassessment. If the readmitted student has not taken any such action, or if the action taken is not sufficient to bring the student back into compliance with the progress standard, the student remains on financial aid suspension and must file a successful appeal to re-establish eligibility.
Students enrolling for a second baccalaureate, graduate, or associate degree shall have their pace of progression status initialized for purposes of satisfactory academic progress measurement by using the number of credits determined to be acceptable toward the degree as both the students’ cumulative attempted credits and cumulative earned credits.
Students who change majors within the same degree or certificate program must complete the degree within the maximum time frame unless the institution has allowed for such changes by establishing various time frames for different programs leading to the degree or by individually re-evaluating the time frame for these students.
If a student changes his or her objective and begins pursuing a different degree or certificate, the institution may make the student subject to the maximum time frame it establishes for the new objective without regard to time spent pursuing the previous degree or certificate. The institution also has the flexibility to develop a policy that is more restrictive and limits the student to an overall time frame for the completion of his or her studies.
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