Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy for Undergraduate Students

2014-2015

Federal regulations require that institutions of higher education establish minimum standards of "Satisfactory Academic Progress" for potential and current financial aid recipients. Financial Aid Applicants must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy as a condition of initial or continued eligibility. Please note that your prior academic progress will be measured to determine your eligibility. Our office will review SAP at the end of each payment period (fall, spring and summer).

Financial aid programs which are affected by the SAP Policy include: Federal Pell, Federal Carl Perkins Loan, Federal SEOG, Federal Work Study, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Salisbury University Fund, Salisbury University Grant, TRIO Grant, Partnership for Success Grant and State grants/scholarships.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for undergraduates is measured in three areas: maintaining a satisfactory cumulative grade point average, successfully completing a required percentage of attempted credits, and receiving a degree within a maximum timeframe.

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average Undergraduate students must maintain the required cumulative grade point average necessary for continued enrollment at Salisbury University (SU). Therefore, they must maintain an academic standing consistent to the Undergraduate Scholastic Standards as outlined below:

Credits Earned Toward a Degree Minimum SU Cumulative GPA
(Including transfer credits)

Fewer than 30 1.400
30 - 35 1.500
36 - 41 1.600
42 - 47 1.700
48 - 53 1.800
54 - 59 1.900
60 or more 2.000

Minimum Credit Requirement All undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least 67% of all credits attempted.

How do I calculate my percentage completed?

An attempted credit includes graded courses (A, B, C, D, F,) and non graded courses (I, PS, S, CS, AU, W, WF, WP, NR, IP, RA, RB, RC, RD, RF, X, Advanced Placement, CLEP, Departmental Challenge Exams, International Baccalaureate Exams, Military Education Credit, Study Abroad attempted credits, credits excluded in Academic Clemency and accepted Transfer Credits).

To calculate the percentage of credits you have completed, total all attempted credits and total all completed credits (See Repeat Course section in the University Catalog for further information regarding repeating of courses). Then, divide the number of completed credits by the number of attempted credits.

Total Completed Credits / Total Attempted Credits = Percentage Completed

Students placed on warning after the first occurrence for one or both of the above requirements (Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average/Minimum Credit Requirement) must meet all SAP requirements after the next consecutive payment period in which they are enrolled or aid eligibility will be terminated.

Maximum Time Frame

Undergraduate students seeking their first bachelor's degree must earn their degree, regardless of their program of study, within their first 180 attempted credits. Students who have not earned a degree within their first 180 attempted credits, whether they have previously received financial aid or not, will lose their financial aid eligibility.

What Counts as Attempted Credits?

An attempted credit includes graded courses (A, B, C, D, F,), non graded courses (I, PS, S, CS, AU, W, WF, WP, NR, IP, RA, RB, RC, RD, RF, XD, XF, Advanced Placement, CLEP, Departmental Challenge Exams, International Baccalaureate Exams and Military Education Credit, Study Abroad attempted credits, credits excluded in Academic Clemency and accepted Transfer Credits)

Ex. John has 30 transfer credits accepted by SU and had registered for 15 credits at SU for the fall 2012 semester but only obtained 12 credits at the conclusion of the fall 2012 semester. His attempted credits are 45.

Undergraduates seeking their first bachelor's degree

A financial aid eligibility termination letter will be sent to those students who have attempted more than 180 credits.

Undergraduates seeking their second bachelor's degree

A financial aid eligibility termination letter will be sent to those students who have attempted (includes attempted credits/transfer credits from first bachelor's degree) more than 270 credits.

Appeal Process

If a student is placed on warning, he or she does not need to appeal, because financial aid eligibility has not been revoked. A student who has had his/her financial aid eligibility terminated has the right to make a written appeal if extenuating circumstances exist and can be documented.

Additional Information

Academic dismissal or disciplinary suspension from SU will result in the automatic cancellation of financial aid eligibility.

Only matriculating students (formally admitted) can receive financial aid.

Repeated courses count as credits attempted during each term the student is enrolled in the course: however, they will be counted once as credits completed the first time a passing grade is received for the course.

Students ceasing attendance at SU, either officially by withdrawing through the Registrar's Office or unofficially by dropping out, will have their financial aid adjusted in accordance with the Federal Return of Title IV Funds Refund Policy.

  • SAP will be reviewed at the end of each payment period (fall, spring and summer). Please be aware if you are placed on financial aid probation at the end of spring and enroll in summer courses your progress will be evaluated again at the end of the summer term. If you do not eliminate your deficit at the end of the summer term your financial aid eligility will be terminated.
  • All transfer credits NOW count as both Attempted and Completed when determining the percentage completed. Previously the Policy only considered transfer credits taken after enrolled at SU.
  • Federal regulations prohibit us from excluding the credits and grades once earned and subsequently removed through Academic Clemency