SECTION 5: Satisfactory Academic Progress
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.