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Satisfactory Academic Progress (Undergraduate)

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is achieved by maintaining an appropriate academic average and minimum number of successfully completed hours.  The purpose of the Satisfactory Academic Progress standard is to make students aware of a minimal rate at which they must progress toward graduation if a degree is to be awarded with a 10-semester period.  Medaille College reviews SAP at the end of every payment period (semester) for state funding and at the end of the spring semester for Federal funding. We evaluate these programs according to state and federal regulations.  The criteria of the associated charts must be met in order to receive financial aid for the following semester.  Maintaining these requirements is being in good satisfactory academic progress. It is strongly recommended that a student talk to a financial aid counselor if he/she is considering dropping  (or withdrawing from) a classes or classes.

When a student does not meet SAP based on the criteria that we will outline he/she will have the opportunity to apply for an appeal.  Notification will go to all students that have not maintained SAP to their Medaille One account. An email will go out with that notification stipulating a due date and an appeal application which must be completed and returned to the financial aid office with documentation.  Once it is reviewed by the committee the student is notified of the outcome via his/her Medaille One account.

STATE AID

Standards of SAP for the purpose of determining eligibility for state student aid effective 2010-2011 and thereafter. The following charts explain the eligibility for state financial aid (TAP, APTS).

Effective 2010-11 for non-remedial students receiving first NYS award payment in 2010-11 and thereafter.

Program: Baccalaureate Program

Calendar: Semester 2010-11 and thereafter (non-remedial students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits

O

6

15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

With At Least This Grade Point Average

O

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

Programs: Associate Program

Calendar: Semester 2010-11 and thereafter (non-remedial students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits

O

6

15

27

39

51

With at Least This Grade Point Average

O

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.

  2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, students must meet PROGRAM PURSUIT regulations which require that during your first two semesters of TAP you must COMPLETE at least 6 credit hours per semester, at least 9 credits hours per semester for your 3rd and 4th semesters, and at least 12 credits for you 5th and all succeeding semesters.

FEDERAL AID

Standards of SAP for the purpose of determining eligibility for federal aid (PELL, FSEOG, FWS and Federal Direct Student Loans) are evaluated at the end of the spring semester.  If it is determined that a student had not made SAP based on the criteria that we will outline he/she will have the opportunity to apply for an appeal.  Notification will go to all students that have not maintained SAP to their Medaille One account. An email will go out with the notification stipulating a due date and an appeal application which must be completed and returned to the financial aid office with documentation.  Once it is reviewed by the committee the student is notified of the outcome with his/her Medaille One account.

FEDERAL CHART

The following chart explains the requirement for renewed eligibility for federal financial aid (PELL, FSEOG, FCWSP and Federal Stafford Loans:

In order to  receive aid for Semester

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

11th

12th

Cumulative GPA

0

1.00

1.25

1.55

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

Part- time requirements will be pro-rated based upon the number of credits carried.  GPA requirements are the same.  In addition, you must complete your program within 180 attempted credit hours. This is based on the attempted credits per semester which will be prorated accordingly if you attempted less.

 

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress (Graduate)

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY The receipt of financial aid is a privilege that creates both rights and obligations. The United States Department of Education requires every postsecondary institution receiving Federal funds (Title IV) to have a satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy that is used to determine eligibility for, and continued receipt, of Federal funds. Title IV federal funds affected by this policy include the Federal College Work-Study program, Federal PLUS Loans, and Federal Direct Loans. Graduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00. In addition, students must complete at least 66.7 percent of all courses registered for during the previous academic semester. The completion ratio is measured by dividing total hours earned by total hours attempted. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester. Failure to complete the minimum number of credit hours per academic semester and maintain the minimum GPA will result in the cancellation of all Title IV and Institutional funds. Students whose aid is cancelled are not eligible for additional financial aid until the necessary coursework is completed and the GPA is improved. Students failing SAP requirements will be granted one semester of financial aid probation. Students must make the required improvements after this one semester of probation or further financial aid will be denied. No student may be considered for aid for more than 150 percent of his or her published program length.

APPEAL PROCEDURES Students identified as not making progress toward the degree will receive correspondence at their campus e-mail address. Students have the right to appeal the decision by submitting an online appeal to the Financial Aid Office. Generally, the Satisfactory Academic Appeals Committee will consider appeals that involve circumstances beyond the student’s control that have had an impact upon the student’s academic performance. The appeal must include a narrative of the extenuating circumstances (e.g., the student or an immediate family member suffered a serious illness or injury, death of a close relative, separation or divorce) that prevented the student from meeting the minimum requirements, and reasonable explanation of the expectation that the event/ circumstances will not re-occur; furthermore, students are expected to describe their academic plan to succeed in their program of study as well as carefully review their academic history before submitting the appeal. The appeal will be reviewed by a committee and a response will be provided within fourteen (14) business days. All committee decisions are final. It is therefore imperative that students monitor, read and respond appropriately to College communications. Any student with an approved appeal will have their aid reinstated within ten business days of approval. Future aid eligibility will be based on completing and meeting the stated conditions of this policy. Students who do not wish to appeal or whose appeal is denied may receive alternative/private loans.

Citations: HEA 484B; Dear Colleague Letter GEN098028 RE: 1998 HEA; CFR 668.22(a),(e), (f), (g), (h), (i); and the 1999-00 Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook, Institutional Eligibility and Participation Section.