Under Federal Title IV law, a University’s SAP policy must meet certain minimum requirements, and be at least as strict as the University’s standards for good academic standing. This policy applies to students applying for financial aid for semesters/periods of enrollment that begin with the Fall 2012 semester.
The federal government requires an institution to use three measurements to determine SAP: qualitative (GPA/grades), quantitative (pace of completion), and maximum timeframe. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (or equivalent measure), maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of courses attempted, and complete a degree or certificate within the University’s published maximum timeframe. The standards used to evaluate academic progress are cumulative and, therefore must include all periods of the enrollment (even periods during which the student did not receive financial aid). To be eligible to receive Federal Title IV financial aid, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress toward their academic objectives as follows: