Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is a federal regulation that requires the office of financial aid of educational institutions to annually monitor the progress of each student receiving financial aid to ensure they are successfully completing their courses. All students receiving financial aid are required to meet SAP standards.

How is Satisfactory Academic Progress calculated?

Three factors determine SAP:

  1. Classes attempted divided by courses completed.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA, determined by degree type
  3. Pace, or maximum timeframe to complete the program

What happens if a student fails to meet SAP standards?

If a student fails to meet SAP standards due to a medical issue, a medical withdrawal may be considered pending adequate documentation; however, the removal will still affect the students’ SAP.

If a student fails to meet SAP standards, they will qualify for an academic warning semester to retain their eligibility.

If a student is on academic warning and does not retain academic progress, they will no longer be eligible for financial aid. Alternative options to follow include filing an appeal with the registrar’s office or setting up alternate payment with the institution’s business office.

If a student does not complete any of the steps mentioned above, they will be removed from their classes.

Learn more about SAP at Goodwin University.

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