What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
The Department of VA requires schools to monitor a student's academic
progress. In order to demonstrate compliance, the VA Certifying
Official must perform the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) checks
as indicated in the procedures under each different enrollment
agreement. The student must demonstrate satisfactory academic
progress. If the student does not meet the minimum progress set by the
Department of VA and Fisher College the student's VA Education Benefits
will be terminated. Which may result in all money paid under the VA
Education Benefits program to be recouped.
What is Training Time?
Training Time defines how the Department of VA makes payments to
students that attend non-traditional schools. For example, if a student
enrolls in (4) courses and each course is (3) credit hours and has an
enrollment period of 32 weeks, the VA will use the following formula:
12X18=216/32=6.75 (which means that the student is a halftime student
and will be paid a halftime rate for 8 months or 32 weeks). If a
student enrolls into (4) courses and each course is (3) credit hours and
has an enrollment period of 32 weeks, but finishes all four courses
and proctor exam in 16 weeks, the VA will use the following formula:
12X18=216/16=13.5 (which means that the student is now a fulltime
student and will be paid a fulltime rate for 4 months for 16 weeks.
Keep in mind that the student will receive the difference between
halftime rate and fulltime rate on the back end).
The VA uses a formula to convert a nonstandard semester to a standard
one: credit hours times 18 divided by weeks in a semester. The
formula applied to a typical Fisher College VA student: 12 credit
hours X 18 / 32 = 6.75.