Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Students Receiving U.S. Federal Financial Aid

The academic requirements that students who receive U.S. federal assistance must meet to maintain their eligibility have changed due to new guidelines adopted by the Federal Department of Education effective July 1, 2011.   Students must now meet new standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) effective this fall term 2011. 
 
These SAP standards may be different from, and at times, more stringent than, the satisfactory academic progress policies adopted by Alliant’s academic programs. The federal guidelines require that Alliant’s Financial Aid Office conduct reviews of student progress at the end of fall, spring, and summer terms to determine if students are making satisfactory progress towards earning their degree and therefore remain eligible for federal financial aid. (These SAP reviews should not be confused with Student Evaluation and Review Committee (SERC) reviews conducted by Alliant’s academic programs).

What are the SAP standards?

 

Cumulative Minimum Grade Point Average:

Undergraduate students must achieve a 2.0 GPA by the end of their first term of enrollment and must maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA throughout their program enrollment.

Graduate students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the end of their first term of enrollment and maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout their program enrollment.

Law students must achieve a 2.0 (70%) GPA by the end of their first term of enrollment and maintain at least a cumulative 2.0 (70%) GPA throughout their program enrollment. 

 

Average Credit Hours per Semester (Full time students only):

Full time Undergraduate students must have completed, with a passing grade, an average of 8 credits per semester using formula: number of credit hours completed/number of semesters.

Full time Graduate students must have completed, with a passing grade, an average of credits as indicated on the attached matrix per semester using formula: number of credit hours completed/number of semesters.

Law students must have completed, with a passing grade, an average of 6 credits per semester using formula: number of credit hours completed/number of semesters.

 

Completion Ratio (Pace of Progression):

Undergraduate students have a course completion ratio of at least 67% using the formula: number of credit hours earned/ number of credit hours attempted.

Graduate students have a course completion ration of at least as indicated on the attached matrix using the formula: number of credit hours earned/number of credit hours attempted.

Law students have a course completion ratio of at least 58% using the formula: number of credit hours earned/ number of credit hours attempted. 

 

Maximum Length of Study (Maximum Timeframe):

Undergraduate programs must be completed within a period no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program.

Graduate programs must be completed within a period no longer than the maximum time frame indicated on the attached matrix for your program. Aid eligibility is limited to these maximum timeframes.

Law programs must be completed within a period no longer than 175% of the published length of the educational program. 
 
Students who satisfy these requirements are in good standing with respect to financial aid and will continue to be eligible for aid. 

 

Timing of Review Process:

The Financial Aid Office will review students’ academic records each term after grades are posted to determine whether the SAP standards have been met.  Students who do not meet any of the standards will receive a letter from the Financial Aid Department placing them on “Warning” Status for purposes of financial aid eligibility. These students may continue to receive aid for one term, and have until the end of that term to meet the SAP eligibility standards.  If after the one term of warning status these students have not met the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress, they will be ineligible for federal financial aid for future semesters.

A student has the opportunity to appeal to the Financial Aid appeals committee (not to be confused with the SERC) and if it is found that there are extenuating circumstances in accordance with the SAP policy, the student may be reinstated to aid eligibility status. Some appeals may require that the student meet certain standards each term to remain eligible for financial aid.

Thank you for taking time to read through this important information, and, if you have any questions regarding these new regulations, please contact your local financial aid officer and she/he will be happy to answer your questions.