Satisfactory Academic Progress Presentation Fall 2011
Presented By:Dena Guzman-Torres, Assistant Director
Based on new federal regulation changes, UNT will begin monitoring Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each term instead of on a yearly basis. • This is a result of the Higher Education Act and the final rules that were passed in Fall 2010
Pace of Progression o The rate at which a student is progressing toward the completion of a degree, certificate or certification.Meets SAP o A status assigned to a student in good standing and meeting all SAP requirements.Warning o A status assigned to a student who failed to meet SAP requirements (qualitative and/or pace of progression). A student will still be allowed to receive financial aid during a warning status.
(cont.)Not Meets SAP o A status assigned to a student who is not meeting SAP requirements (qualitative, pace of progression and/or maximum hours). Students are not eligible for financial aid with this status.Appeal o The process for a student who failed to meet SAP requirements to petition the school for a reconsideration of financial aid.Financial Aid Probation o A status assigned to a student who failed to maintain SAP but who successfully appeals, permitting the student to receive financial aid for a specified amount of time.
Academic Status (Set by Registrar)Financial Aid Status Semester StatusSemester Status Freshmen Fall Meeting Fall Good Standing Spring Warning Spring Academic Alert*Summer Not Meeting Summer Probation Fall Not Meeting Fall Suspension Spring Suspension* Summer is no longer considered a All Other Students free term for financial aid. Fall Good Standing Spring Probation Summer Suspension Fall Suspension
To meet SAP, UNT requires minimum cumulative UNT grade point averages, shown below. Minimum Cumulative UNT Grade Point Average Undergraduate Students 2.00 Graduate Students 3.00
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will determine the number of hours a student must complete by Total Minimum Earned, the end of each Registered Hours Completed & Passed Hours term based on the 1 1 total registered 2 2 3-5 3 hours at UNT. 6-11 6 o See Chart for Required 12-15 9 Completed Hours 16-19 12 20-23 15 24+ 18
Example: • Eva is an undergraduate student who is meeting the SAP requirements at the beginning of Fall. She registers for 12 hours and only successfully completes 7 hours with a 2.2 GPA. Since she did not complete the required amount of hours she is at a Warning status for the Spring semester and will still receive financial aid for that semester.
Students must not have registered for, earned or attempted more than a specific cumulative maximum of semester hours as an undergraduate student. • The current maximum is 150% of the student’s required degree plan. Equation provided below: o _______ x 150% = _______ Maximum hours allowed for financial aid degree plan hours If a student exceeds the maximum number of hours allowed by their degree plan their financial aid will be canceled. This can result in the loss of pending aid and the potential of students being dropped from their classes.
What hours are included in this limit? • All hours registered for, earned or attempted at any institution of higher education. • It also includes hours that have been dropped, withdrawn from, failed, duplicated or never completed. • This limit includes all of the above hours whether or not financial aid was applied for or received during any academic period. • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and some military hours are subject to review.
(Example #1) Sarah is a continuing student with 145 earned/attempted hours with a degree plan that requires 124 hours to complete. Her eligibility would be calculated as follows: o 124 hours (per her degree plan) x 150% = 186 hours of financial aid eligibility o Sarah is under her maximum hours allowed for financial aid and remains eligible for aid as long as all other requirements are met.
(Example #2) Gavin is a new transfer student with 191 earned/attempted hours with a degree plan that requires 120 hours to complete. His eligibility would be calculated as follows: o 120 hours (per his degree plan) x 150% = 180 hours of financial aid eligibility. o Gavin is over his maximum hours allowed for financial aid and is not eligible for financial aid.
For a graduate program (master’s or doctoral), the maximum timeframe cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the program measured by the number of terms at UNT. Please note, this includes Fall, Spring and Summer terms of enrollment. • Examples: o A Master’s program may require 18 terms (6 years) to complete. When calculated: 18 terms x 150% = 27 terms (9 years) of financial aid eligibility. o A Doctoral program may require 30 terms (10 years) to complete. When calculated: 30 terms x 150% = 45 terms (15 years) of financial aid eligibility.
In addition, each post-baccalaureate program has specific aid eligibility guidelines for maximum timeframe and are monitored accordingly.
If a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and had mitigating circumstances an appeal may be filed. • Mitigating Circumstances include: o Serious injury of the student and/or the student’s immediate family o Serious extended illness of the student and/or the student’s immediate family o Learning Disability o Death of the student’s relative • Appeal forms are located in our office and on our website: http://financialaid.unt.edu
Based on new federal regulations, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be reviewed at the end of each term beginning Fall 2011.Summer will no longer be considered a free term for financial aid beginning Summer 2012. Any Questions?
Dena Guzman-Torres, Assistant Director Dena.Guzman-Torres@unt.edu