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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress
Institutional Policy

Fisher College’s Institutional Policy 

Federal regulations require the College to establish and apply reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for the purpose of the receipt of financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act. The law requires institutions to develop policies regarding SAP. Matriculated students at Fisher College who wish to be considered for financial aid must maintain SAP in their selected course of study as set forth in this policy.

Please note that Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid purposes is distinct from the College’s Academic Progress Guidelines.

Remedial Courses – Fisher College has two remedial courses required for new students who fail initial testing (Math MA 003 and English EN 001) and are required pre-college courses. These courses will not be applied towards earned credits but are considered attempted credits.  Strictly, for SAP purposes, remedial courses MA 003 and EN 001 are added to the earned credits to properly gauge the quantitative completion rate.

Institutional Policy

The Office of Financial Aid evaluates SAP at the end of each semester for students in the Day Division.  Students in the Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies (DAPS) are evaluated at the end of every two terms.  Students are evaluated based on grade point average (GPA), credit hour completion (incremental progress), and maximum timeframe limitation (degree completion).

Degree-Granting Programs

  1. Quantitative Review – Measures the pace that the student progresses through their degree   program to ensure progression that leads to degree completion within the maximum timeframe.  Withdrawals, failures, incompletes, and repeat courses do affect the completion rate. A minimum of 67% of courses attempted must be completed each academic year. To determine a student’s progression, calculate the total number of successfully completed credits by the total number of attempted credits.     

    The maximum timeframe allowed to complete a program will be no more than 150% of the published length of the program. To determine 150% maximum timeframe the reviewer will take the total credits attempted (including transfer credits) and compare it to the total number of credits required plus an additional 50% to determine the maximum timeframe allowed.  


  2. Qualitative Review - The student must maintain a certain GPA to continue financial aid eligibility. Fisher  College will review GPA progress as follows:

Bachelor Programs                           Associate Programs              

1-59 Attempted Credits                      1-29 Attempted Credits

Minimum GPA 1.8                             Minimum GPA 18.

60 + - Attempted Credits                    30 + - Attempted Credits

Minimum GPA- 2.0                            Minimum GPA – 2.0

 

Certificate Programs

  1. Quantitative Review – Measures the pace that the student progresses through their degree   program to ensure progression that leads to degree completion within the maximum timeframe.  Withdrawals, failures, incompletes, and repeat courses do affect the completion rate. A minimum of 67% of courses attempted must be completed each academic year. To determine a student’s progression, calculate the total number of successfully completed credits by the total number of attempted credits.    

    The maximum timeframe allowed to complete a program will be no more than 150% of the published length of the program. To determine 150% maximum timeframe the reviewer will take the total credits attempted (including transfer credits) and compare it to the total number of credits required plus an additional 50% to determine the maximum timeframe allowed.  

  2. Qualitative Review - The student must maintain a certain GPA to continue financial aid eligibility. A Fisher College Student attempting a certification must have a GPA of 2.0 for each academic term.

Institutional Procedures

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy is located in the Fisher College Academic Catalog.

Financial Aid Warning - The first time a student fails to meet the SAP standards, they will receive a notice from the Office of Financial Aid that they are on Financial Aid Warning for one academic semester.  The student will not lose their financial aid eligibility during the period of warning, and will have one semester to bring their progress up to standards.

Financial Aid Probation When a student fails to meet SAP after the Financial Aid Warning period, the financial aid office will review the students file once again.

  • If the student completes a Financial Aid Warning period and receives a letter grade (F) for every class they attempted the student will receive notice of financial aid Suspension with no option to appeal.          

  • If the student completes the semester of Financial Aid Warning and still is not making SAP but has letter grades other than (F) for the Warning period, they will have the opportunity to write a financial aid appeal. The student must write a letter of appeal explaining the extenuating circumstance that has led to their poor performance in academics. They will also need to provide an academic plan and any other supporting documents that helps clarify their situation. The student will advance to a Financial Aid Probation period, only if the Financial Aid Office approves a successful appeal. Depending on the situation, a student’s probation period might require more than one semester to meet progress but the probation period should not extend past two semesters or terms at any time.

Financial Aid Suspension

If a student fails to meet the SAP standards at the end of Financial Aid Probation, the student will no longer be eligible for Institutional or Title IV financial aid at Fisher College. The student would be responsible for any balance found on the student account.  Financial assistance cannot retroactively apply for the term during the period the student regains eligibility.

Appeal Process

When the SAP appeal is complete it will be presented to the SAP appeal committee of the financial aid office. The decision that is rendered is final and if approved will be presented to the student along with the terms and conditions outlined in a SAP appeal contract. Fisher College reserves the right to consult any authorized individuals within the College who may be in a position to provide further information or who can otherwise corroborate the student’s circumstances. The appeal process will result in one of two decisions:  Appeal Approved or Appeal Denied.

Appeal Approved

When the appeal is approved, financial aid will be reinstated and the student will have one additional probationary semester (or two terms for DAPS) in which to meet all SAP standards. If at the end of the additional probationary period the student has still not met all SAP requirements, but is showing improvement, they will be reviewed for another probationary period.  This means that the student is keeping with the academic plan per the student’s academic advisor and has met with the Director of Financial Aid to determine further eligibility. This will be on a case-by-case basis.   

Appeal Denied

If the appeal is denied, financial assistance will be suspended until the student meets all SAP progress requirements as stated.

Notification of SAP  

All SAP notices will be mailed to students.

  1. Financial Aid Warning Letter - notifies the student that they have fallen below the Fisher College SAP standards and are on Financial Aid Warning for the next academic semester or term.  

  2. Financial Aid Probation Letter - This letter informs the student that they have not    improved and will be required to submit an appeal letter, academic plan, and any other supporting documents if they expect financial aid to continue.  Failure to submit the appeal letter in a timely basis will result in the cancellation of all financial aid.

  3. Loss of Eligibility Suspension Letter - This letter notifies the student that he or she has not regained eligibility during the Probationary Period and will no longer receive any financial aid beginning with the next academic semester or term.

  4. Removal of Probationary or Suspension Status - This letter notifies the student that they have regained eligibility for financial aid, either after a period of probation or suspension.

  5. Appeal Approved or Appeal Denied - Students who file a SAP Appeal will be notified by letter of the results.

  
 

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