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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations mandate that a student receiving Federal Student Aid under Title IV programs must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in his/her course of study regardless of whether or not student aid is awarded each semester. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is measured with the following standards:

  • Qualitative (cumulative grade point average/GPA of 2.0 per semester)
  • Quantitative (maximum time frame of 150 percent of the credits for completion of student's program; grades of E, F, W, and audit, as well as transfer hours all count toward the maximum time frame calculation)
  • Quantitative Percentage (students must earn credit for at least 67 percent of attempted credit hours to remain in good standing; grades of E , F and W count against the percentage)

Suspension of Student Aid Due to Poor Grades

If a student is suspended from student aid because his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) does not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA, he/she may take additional classes without student aid (unless the student is academically suspended) to raise his/her GPA and, if successful, may be reinstated. If a student is on academic probation or suspension, he/she will automatically be on student aid probation or suspension. If a student is reinstated from academic suspension by appeal or any means, he/she must appeal his/her student aid status separately to be considered for student aid reinstatement eligibility.

Appeal Process

Students placed on student aid suspension and having unusual circumstances (illness, death in the family, accident, etc.) and not making satisfactory academic progress have the right to appeal. However, during the appeal process students are responsible for their own expenses, i.e., tuition, books, supplies, etc.

Students must submit a SAP Appeal via the link provided in their student self-service account. Students should allow a minimum of two weeks for the committee to review the appeal and render a decision.