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Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain eligible for Financial Aid, Satisfactory Academic Progress must be maintained. This is defined as successful completion of 67% of the coursework, registered for in any given semester, as outlined in the Marking System Policy. See Academic Catalog for details. Failure to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as indicated by an academic status of probation or dismissal may result in cancellation of eligibility for financial aid.  Students who have become ineligible for financial aid due to academic progress may appeal. Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid are evaluated at the conclusion of each semester to determine if, based on academic performance, a student is considered to be in good standing, will be placed on Financial Aid Warning, or have their financial aid suspended. This review consists of the cumulative academic record of all prior semesters. SAP for financial aid is a separate review; academic program requirements for determining academic standing are considered separately and may impact your availability to receive loans. Students who receive Veterans Administration or other forms of aid, such as Michigan Works, are also subject to the requirements of academic progress as established by those agencies.

Evaluation of grades:

A grade of C may be repeated once with financial aid provided the student is maintaining a satisfactory completion rate. A C grade is considered in the cumulative grade point average.  A grade of I (Incomplete) is only awarded by faculty due to extenuating circumstances and is considered to be “in process” until the final grade is posted. Incomplete grades must be completed by the end of the following semester.

Measurement:

•Qualitative

Meeting the minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. All letter grades are considered in evaluating SAP, including repeated courses.

•Quantitative

Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 67% of credits earned over attempted credits. Courses in which a student receives a grade of “W” are included in the number of attempted credits.

•Maximum Time to Complete (Pace/Progress)

The pace at which a student progresses toward attainment of her/his degree.This is calculated by the number of credit hours completed toward the program divided by the number of credit hours attempted and may not exceed 150% of required program credits, to include repeated courses. As an example, based on the 47 credit hour Master of Arts program this is 70 credits, and for the 141 credit hours required in the PsyD program, this is a maximum of 211 credits.

Financial aid is automatically suspended if it is determined, using SAP measures, that a student cannot mathematically finish the degree and comply with standards of SAP.  Students may self-pay until such time as SAP requirements are met to regain eligibility for financial aid.

Good Standing

Students who meet all of the standards of SAP, are determined to be in “Good Standing”.

Financial Aid Warning

A Financial Aid “Warning” alerts the student of a failure to meet standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). A Financial Aid Warning does not require an appeal by the student. However, if the student does not meet SAP requirements in the monitored payment period, he/she will become ineligible for financial aid (“Suspension”) and may appeal.

Financial Aid Probation

Students with an approved appeal are placed on Financial Aid “Probation” and must meet all SAP requirements outlined in an Educational Development Plan in order to maintain ongoing financial aid eligibility. Educational Development Plans will be reviewed each semester to ensure successful progress towards degree completion.  Educational Development Plans may vary.

Suspension of Eligibility for Financial Aid

Students who have not met one or more of the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) while on “Warning” or “Probation” are placed on “Suspension” and become ineligible for financial aid. The student may appeal. See appeal procedures below.

Appeal

Students whose eligibility for financial aid has been suspended may appeal. Submitting an appeal does not guarantee approval. Circumstances for which a student may appeal include the death of a relative, injury, illness or other extenuating circumstances. To appeal, see the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form.

Return to Good Standing/Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility

Students may return to “Good Standing” at the conclusion of the required period of enrollment in which they meet all SAP measures.