Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations (668.34) require institutions to establish a reasonable Satisfactory Academic Progress policy for determining a studentís progression toward earning a degree. This policy is consistent with the Collegeís graduation requirements. All Financial Aid recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive federal, state and institutional aid.
Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress throughout the duration of their academic program to be eligible for federal, state, and institutional aid. Satisfactory Academic Progress is assessed by qualitative and quantitative measures and is evaluated at the end of each completed academic year in the studentís program. Qualitative measures are herein defined as a minimum C average at the end of the studentís second academic year, regardless of how many credit accrued. Quantitative measures are herein defined as the student earning a minimum of 67% of credit hours attempted. A studentís cumulative GPA is calculated using both transfer credits/grades and those grades earned at the College.
All Financial Aid recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive assistance. To be in good academic standing, full-time undergraduate students must meet the following minimum requirements:
Full-time students making Satisfactory Academic Progress may receive financial aid for up to 12 semesters (six years) of full-time attendance, or until the student is certified for graduation by the College, whichever comes first. Part-time students making Satisfactory Academic Progress may receive financial aid for up to 20 semesters (10 years) of part-time attendance, or until the student is certified for graduation by the College, whichever comes first. The timeframe cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program measured in credit hours attempted.
The Financial Aid Office performs annual reviews of Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of each academic year, at which time students who fail to meet the minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements outlined above will have their financial aid terminated. Students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress will receive written notification from the Financial Aid Office.
A student who believes his/her failure to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards was due to extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control may appeal in writing to the Financial Aid Office. Students are encouraged to submit appeals as soon as possible after being notified of unsatisfactory academic progress.
Appeals should thoroughly describe the studentís extenuating circumstances that contributed to his/her lack of Satisfactory Academic Progress; if appropriate, documentation to substantiate the circumstances should be attached. In addition, the appeal must include the measures the student plans to take to ensure that he/she will demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation.
Once an appeal decision has been made, subsequent appeals will not be accepted for that academic year. Students who have submitted appeals will receive written notice of the appeal decision. Approved appeals will result in the awarding of financial aid for the academic year. Denied appeals will result in the termination of federal, state and institutional financial aid, until the student demonstrates good academic standing.
Please note, students who exceed the maximum timeframe of 150% of the length of the educational program become ineligible for financial aid. This determination cannot be appealed.