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Maintaining your Eligibility

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Federal regulations (CFR 668.32(f) and 668.34) require a student to move toward the completion of a degree or certificate within an eligible program when receiving financial aid. Specific requirements for academic progress for financial aid recipients are applied differently than Scholastic Standards. Federal regulations state that Academic Progress Standards must include a review of all periods of enrollment, regardless of whether or not aid was received. Students will be evaluated using the standards described below. Failure to meet any of these minimum standards will result in the loss of title IV, HEA program (federal financial aid) eligibility.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress
(SAP) for Financial Aid Eligibility

 

An extenuating circumstance is a situation beyond your control which prevented you from successfully completing your course(s).

Some examples of extenuating circumstances are:

  • Documented medical condition or serious illness that prevented you from performing certain life tasks
  • Documented illness of a family member that required your presence for a significant amount of time
  • Death of immediate family member which impacted you significantly enough to affect participation in your courses
  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Documented involuntary change in employment conditions that prevented you from attending classes
  • Any other extraordinary/emergency circumstances, such as a natural disaster

A non-extenuating circumstance is a situation beyond your control which prevented you from successfully completing your course(s).

Some examples of non-extenuating circumstances are:

  • Errors in judgment involving transportation, finances, academic ability, time management, computer access, etc.
  • Lack of knowledge or misinterpretation of college policies and procedures
  • Financial Aid not processed, not prepared for class, unable to afford books
  • Dissatisfaction with course content or instruction
  • Acceptance of employment or other activity impacting ability to attend classes
  • Incarceration
  • Immaturity and bad judgment
  • Being on a prior approved appeal and did not meet the terms of the appeal