Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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 an academic progress 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 Programs: Pell Grant, SEOG, College Work-Study, Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Stafford Student Loans and Teach Grant. Georgia State University also uses this standard to renew need-based aid. Merit aid has different standards. Georgia State University has designed an academic progress policy that meets the requirements of both federal and state agencies.

Progress is measured by two standards, the qualitative standard (grade point average) and the quantitative standard (pace).

Qualitative Standard

The qualitative standard is the student’s cumulative grade point average. This is the GPA that a student must have at each evaluation point. The Overall GPA is measured by Academic Standing requirements for graduation.

Quantitative Standard (Pace of Completion)

This is the pace at which a student must progress through his or her program to ensure that they will graduate within the maximum timeframe allowed.

The quantitative standard (pace) is the number of overall credits passed in relation to those attempted. All students must complete at least 66.66 percent of all courses attempted at any college attended. The completion ratio is measured by dividing total hours passed by total hours attempted. Grades of F, W, WF, I, or U do not count as passing grades.

Maximum Time Frame

This is the maximum time frame allowed to complete the academic program. A student is eligible to receive financial aid for a maximum number of overall attempted hours.

A student is ineligible at the evaluation point where it is indicated he or she will exceed the maximum timeframe, not at the point when he or she actually reaches the maximum timeframe. The student is not meeting SAP due to exceeding the maximum timeframe because he or she has to earn more hours than are allowed to graduate within the maximum timeframe.

Academic progress is checked at the evaluation point per the institution. Failure to complete the minimum number of credit hours per academic year or maintain the minimum GPA will result in the cancellation of all Federal, State and Institutional funds. Students whose aid is canceled are not eligible for additional financial aid until the SAP standards are met.

A student who completes the academic requirements for a program but does not yet have the degree or certificate is not eligible for further FSA funds for that program.