Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

This assessment provides you with an opportunity to review and evaluate your procedures regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If you identify areas requiring corrective action, we recommend that you complete an Action Plan.

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SAP Activity 1: SAP File Review Worksheet

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Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulatory Link(s) Activity
Administrative Capability 34 CFR 668.16(e)

34 CFR 668.2

34 CFR 668.16

34 CFR 668.32

34 CFR 668.34

 

 

Student Eligibility 34 CFR 668.32(f) A Guide To Creating A Policies and Procedures Manual, Introduction and Section 1

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 34 CFR 668.34

SAP Policy required elements

  • The policy must be at least as strict (both qualitatively/pace and quantitatively/GPA, see below) as the policy the institution
  • The policy provides for consistent application of standards to all students within categories of students, e.g., fulltime, part-time, undergraduate, and graduate students, and must apply equally to all educational programs established by the institution
  • GPA or other comparable assessment measured against a norm (aka qualitative measure, at least a “C” or equivalent)
  • The pace at which a student must progress to complete the program within the maximum timeframe—150% of the published length of the program (aka quantitative measure)
  • Process for Incompletes, Withdrawals, Repetitions, and transfer of credit from other schools
  • Frequency of SAP evaluation—must include evaluation at the end of each payment period for programs of one year or less. For all other programs, annual reviews which must correspond with the end of each payment period.
  • SAP Warning (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Warning) Status normally assigned a student failing to make SAP
  • SAP Probation (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Probation) Status assigned a student who fails to make SAP but successfully appeals
  • SAP Appeal (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Probation. Student must appeal before probation granted.) A process by which a student who is not meeting SAP standards petitions the school for reconsideration of Title IV eligibility.
  • Process for Schools that evaluate SAP at the end of each payment period (optional for programs of more than one year)
  • Process for Schools that evaluate SAP annually or less frequently than the end of each payment period
  • SAP Notifications (Procedures for notifying students of not meeting SAP requirements)
SAP Activity 1: SAP File Review Worksheet

Last Modified: 03/25/2021