Satisfactory Academic Progress

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It is important to be aware of your academic progress and how it impacts financial aid eligibility.

Incoming students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be assessed after each term. If you have not made satisfactory academic progress, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will work with you to get you back on track academically and help you keep your financial aid eligibility. Click here for the complete SAP policy for all undergraduates who have attempted between 0-45 undergraduate credits. If you are an undergraduate with 46 or more attempted credits,

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages you to come to our office for regular counseling to assess your academic progress and establish plans for the future so that you continue to achieve your academic goals and maintain your financial aid eligibility

Download the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Undergraduate Students with 0-45 attempted ABC credits

Who is Affected

Federal financial aid regulations require that students receiving financial aid be monitored for satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of their program of study. All applicants for state and federal student financial aid are evaluated. Recipients of some alternative loans and scholarships also must meet these policy requirements.

What is Evaluated

  1. Completion Rate
  2. Grade Point Average
  3. Maximum Enrollment Limit
  4. Multiple Withdraws in One Year
  5. Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades

Details of each requirement are given below. You must comply with all four elements listed in this section to be placed in Good Standing for financial aid eligibility.

Completion Rate

You must have passing grades for at least 67% of both:

  • ABC attempted credits
  • Overall attempted credits

Overall attempted credits are ABC attempted credits plus all attempted transfer credits which appear on your grade record, with Grades of A, B, C, D, or P are considered satisfactory. All other grades such as F, WF, XF, FW, or I are considered unsatisfactory.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

You must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for both:

  • Overall credits: ABC credits plus all accepted transfer credits
  • ABC credits

Maximum Enrollment Limit

The Maximum Enrollment Limit is 196 attempted credits. This includes all ABC attempted credits + all accepted transfer attempted credits. You will be immediately placed in Suspended eligibility status if your transcript shows 196 or more attempted credits.

Impact of Multiple Withdraws

If you receive federal or state financial aid and then withdraw from all classes within the institutions Add/Drop period two times in an academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second withdrawal.

Impact of Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades

If you receive federal or state aid and then have two terms in the academic year without any passing grades, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second term of all non-passing grades.

When Academic Progress is Evaluated

Your academic records are reviewed at the end of each term of enrollment and your satisfactory academic progress status for the next term will be determined. If you have reached the 192 credit Maximum Enrollment Limit, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately. If you have a second term of total withdrawal within the Add/Drop period for the academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately.

Warning Status

If you do not meet the completion rate and/or the GPA requirements, you will be placed in Warning status for the next term of enrollment. If you are in Warning status, you will be eligible to receive available financial aid for one term. However, you must complete an on-line Web Advisor Session within the first two weeks of the term. This session will review the satisfactory academic progress policy and provide resources designed to improve academic standing. If you fail to complete this session within the first two weeks of the term, a hold will be placed on future financial aid disbursements until this session is completed. After your Warning term, disbursements may be delayed while your academic progress is reviewed. If you do not achieve Good Standing by the end of your Warning term, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status.

Suspended Eligibility Status and Appeals

Students placed in Suspended status are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. In addition, some alternative loan and scholarship programs require students to be in Good Standing under satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

If you are in Suspended status, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships which documents special or unforeseen circumstances that interfered with the completion of your coursework or in meeting any other part of the policy.

Submitting an Appeal

The appeal must include an Academic Plan that will bring you into Good Standing or that will satisfy any remaining requirements to complete your degree.

Appeals must be submitted by the end of the second week of the term. Appeals submitted after the deadline will be reviewed but late petitions may result in the loss of funding for the term. If an appeal is approved, you will be placed in Probation status and will be eligible to receive financial aid.

You must follow this Academic Plan for each term of Probation status until you reach Good Standing. If you do not pass the credits and/or earn the GPA given in the Academic Plan, you will be placed in Suspended status again.

Undergraduates with 46 or more attempted ABC credits

Who is Affected

Federal financial aid regulations require that students receiving financial aid be monitored for satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of their program of study. All applicants for state and federal student financial aid are evaluated. Recipients of some alternative loans and scholarships also must meet these policy requirements.

What is Evaluated

  1. Completion Rate
  2. Grade Point Average
  3. Maximum Enrollment Limit
  4. Multiple Withdraws in One Year
  5. Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades

Details of each requirement are given below. You must comply with all four elements listed in this section to be placed in Good Standing for financial aid eligibility.

Completion Rate

You must have passing grades for at least 67% of your Overall attempted credits.

Overall attempted credits are ABC attempted credits plus all attempted transfer credits which appear on your grade record, with grades of : A, B, C, D, F, I, IP, M, NP, P, W, or X. Passing grades are courses with grades of: A, B, C, D, or P.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

You must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA for Overall Attempted Credits: ABC credits plus all accepted transfer credits

Maximum Enrollment Limit

The Maximum Enrollment Limit is 192 attempted credits. This includes all ABC attempted credits plus all accepted transfer attempted credits. You will be immediately placed in Suspended eligibility status if your transcript shows 192 or more attempted credits.

Impact of Multiple Withdraws

If you receive federal or state financial aid and then withdraw from all classes within the University’s Add/Drop period two times in an academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second withdrawal.

Impact of Multiple Terms Without Passing Grades

If you receive federal or state aid and then have two terms in the academic year without any passing grades, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately after the second term of all non-passing grades.

When Academic Progress is Evaluated

Your academic record is reviewed at the end of each term of enrollment.

If you do not meet the Completion Rate and/or the Cumulative GPA requirement at the end of fall, winter or spring term, you may continue to receive available financial aid the following term. An advisory notice of your status will be made. You have through the end of summer term to improve your academic record to reach the Completion Rate and GPA requirements.

If you have reached the 192 credit Maximum Enrollment Limit, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately.

If you have a second term of total withdrawal within the Add/Drop period for the academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status immediately.

If you do not meet all components of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at the beginning of fall term or your first term of enrollment in the next academic year, you will be placed in Suspended eligibility status.

Suspended Eligibility Status and Appeals

Students placed in Suspended status are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. In addition, some alternative loan and scholarship programs require students to be in Good Standing under satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

If you are in Suspended status, you may submit an appeal in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships which documents special or unforeseen circumstances that interfered with the completion of your coursework or in meeting any other part of the policy.

Submitting an Appeal

The appeal must include an Academic Plan that will bring you into Good Standing or that will satisfy any remaining requirements to complete your degree.

Appeals must be submitted by the end of the second week of the term. Appeals submitted after the deadline will be reviewed but late petitions may result in the loss of funding for the term.

If an appeal is approved, you will be placed in Probation status and will be eligible to receive financial aid.

You must follow this Academic Plan for each term of Probation status until you reach Good Standing. If you do not pass the credits and/or earn the GPA given in the Academic Plan, you will be placed in Suspended status again.

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