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Your GPA or Pace may be negatively affected by unexpected events that interfere with your ability to study and complete tasks successfully during the term. These unexpected events may even result in you failing to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). When this occurs, you may be placed in a SAP Warning, SAP Not Met, or Maximum Time Frame status. If this happened to you, you may choose to appeal the process to ensure you continue to receive your Federal Financial Aid.
If you have failed to meet SAP and wish additional information additional information is included with this article. If you want to begin the appeal process, review the questions and answers below.
The U.S. Department of Education has established a requirement that students receiving federal student aid complete their degree within 150 percent of the time frame. Time frame is evaluated by the number of hours attempted. Students who are unable to graduate within the 150 percent time frame lose eligibility for financial aid when the hours needed to graduate and the hours attempted exceed the 150 percent limit.
For example, if your associate degree requires 60 semester hours to complete, you must be able to graduate with no more than 90 credit hours attempted. If you have attempted 45 semester hours and have 25 hours remaining, the total hours needed to graduate are 70. You are no longer eligible for financial aid without an approved appeal.
If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree that requires 120 semester hours to complete, you must be able to graduate with no more than 180 credit hours attempted. If you have attempted 135 semester hours and have 50 hours remaining, the total hours needed to graduate are 185. You are no longer eligible for financial aid without an approved appeal.
In addition to the Appeal documents, you will also need an Academic Plan that outlines the courses required for graduation. You will need to strictly adhere to this plan to remain eligible for financial aid.
You may not be meeting the 67 percent completion rate required, or you may have exceeded the maximum hours allowed to complete a degree. Keep in mind that although withdrawing from a course will not affect your GPA, the “W” grade you receive means that course is counted as hours that were attempted but not successfully completed.
Verification is a process used to verify certain information on the student’s FAFSA to ensure its accuracy.
Notification is sent to the student’s PAWS e-mail account which will state that there are outstanding requirements. The student may review his/her requirements via the PAWS account. The student’s PAWS account will list the document requirements and the status. You may also be mailed or e-mailed additional documents that are required.