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:
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.
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.
To submit a SAP Appeal, students must complete a SAP appeal form and submit it to the financial aid office. Students should allow a minimum of two weeks for the five-member committee to review the appeal and render a decision.