A student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the program is reviewed to determine if a student is eligible to continue to the next evaluation point. SAP applies to all students regardless of whether they are receiving Title IV funds. SAP is measured at 338 clock hours and 676 clock hours. The school must determine that the student has successfully completed both the clock hours and weeks of instructional time required for the period SAP is evaluated.
At 338 scheduled clock hours if a student is not meeting the SAP requirement, they will be placed on financial aid warning status for the next evaluation period. A Title IV eligible student is still eligible for Federal Student Aid Title IV funding while on financial aid warning.
At 676 scheduled clock hours, if the student is not meeting the SAP requirements the student that wishes to remain in school must appeal the unsatisfactory progress status. The appeal must be given to the School Director of Education for evaluation.
If the Director of Education approves the appeal, the student would be placed on financial aid probation for the next evaluation period. Students who had been receiving Title IV funds would not receive any additional financial aid funding at this point.
There are two SAP requirements. One is qualitative and one is quantitative.
Qualitative – a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 70% or better in order to remain in school and be considered in good academic standing at each evaluation point of 338 and 676 scheduled hours. The Director of Education may permit a student to retake a failed examination or turn in makeup work. A passing grade on the retaken examination or make-up work would replace the original failed grade. The school maintains all student progress records.
If the student’s cumulative GPA is below 70% at the evaluation point of 338 scheduled clock hours, the student will be placed on financial aid warning for the next SAP evaluation period. The student must raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or a “C” or better by the end of the warning period. If they fail to do so financial aid eligibility is terminated. They must file an appeal with the Director of Education if they want to remain in school. After a successful appeal the student will be placed on financial aid probation and will not be eligible for additional funding.
Quantitative – Attendance is checked at each evaluation point. A student must have at least 66.67% attendance at the 338-clock hour evaluation period, or the student will be placed on financial aid warning for the next evaluation period. If the student fails to meet the 66.67% attendance by the end of the warning period, financial aid eligibility is terminated. The student must file an appeal with the Director of Education if they wish to remain in school.
If the appeal is approved the student will be placed on financial aid probation and will not be eligible for any additional financial aid. If a student is not a Title IV recipient, and at the time of an SAP evaluation is not meeting the minimum standards of 66.67% attendance and a cumulative GPA 70% or better, they will be placed on academic warning. The student will be counseled on the risks and consequences of reaching the maximum time frame for program completion. Students not receiving Title IV funding who are in a Title IV program will be evaluated at the same time as a Title IV student.