Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to determine if a student is making acceptable progress toward a degree or certificate. At the end of each payment period/semester, a review of a student’s progress is conducted. The first review will be at the conclusion of the fall 2011 semester. A student’s failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (for all terms enrolled, not just those terms that aid was received) may result in loss of federal aid eligibility.
Please be advised that SAP standards are utilized solely to determine federal financial aid eligibility. SAP standards do not cancel, modify or override the School of Law’s academic standards and policies.
The following SAP standards must be met:
A student who fails to maintain the cumulative GPA and/or meet the Pace Rate standard is automatically placed on Federal Financial Aid Warning for the next registered semester.
Any student that does not meet the minimum requirements for SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning payment period/semester will be ineligible for federal financial aid. A student has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility if mitigating circumstances (events totally beyond the student’s control) occurred during the preceding payment period/semester.
Some examples of appealable circumstances include: serious illness or injury of student; serious illness, injury or death of an immediate family member or guardian; being victim of a violent crime or house fire.
The School of Law defines the Maximum Timeframe for students to complete their educational program as a standard three (3) year time frame. Students are forced to complete degree requirements within five (5) years. Therefore, this policy adheres to the Maximum Time Frame requirement not to exceed 150% of the published length of the educational program.
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.
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