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:

Qualitative Measure
The Office of Student Financial Services converts letter grades into their numeric equivalents, calculates a GPA, and considers students to have the equivalent of a B average if their calculated cumulative GPA is a greater than or equal to a 3.0. Only grades of A+,A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, I/F, FN and U are factored into the GPA calculation. All other grades will be ignored from the qualitative measure. A student may earn no more than two grades of C+ or below, which includes grades of I/F, FN and U.
Quantitative Measure
Minimum cumulative completion rate/pace of 67%, defined as total number of completed course units divided by total number of attempted course units. Financial aid recipients must maintain a cumulative completion rate of completed courses equal to or exceeding 67% of the courses attempted. All grades (except for audited course work) will be included in the measure of pace, including W and I grades. All courses in which a student is enrolled as of the 1st day of the term/session are considered attempted credits. Classes dropped/withdrawn after the term/session begins are considered attempted. This policy is separate from the academic program’s drop/withdrawal policy.
Maximum Timeframe to Completion of Degree or Certificate
Master’s students must complete their degree within 5 years of matriculation, and Doctoral students must complete their degree within 12 years of matriculation. Periods of non-enrollment (e.g. LOA) are excluded.

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