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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

 

Federal regulations require schools to have a policy to measure the academic progress of all students.  All WSC students are subject to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy and must meet the standards to remain eligible for Federal aid consideration.  The Student Financial Services Office evaluates SAP after the completion of each semester (Fall, Spring, and/or Summer).  Federal regulations require that the standards applied to students receiving financial aid also apply during periods when a student is not receiving Federal financial aid.  All semesters of enrollment must be considered in SAP (including summer, academic amnesty, and when a student is not receiving Federal financial aid).

 

-- IMPORTANT --

Don’t be Caught Off Guard . . . If you were awarded financial aid, you must successfully complete the credit hours you attempted (see below chart) or your financial aid will be in jeopardy . Before you decide to drop a class, PLEASE be sure to check with your academic advisor and the Financial Aid Office to review the impact on your aid. Failure to do so could cost you BIG BUCKS!

 

Questions? Please contact the Student Financial Services office at (402) 375-7229 or stop by room 104 in the Hahn Administration Building.

 

 

 

Related Forms

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress/Max Hours Appeal Form

 

 

Three SAP Standards

There are three components to WSC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.  Students must comply with all components to maintain financial aid eligibility.  The policy components are:

 

1.

Qualitative Grade Point Average and Academic Standing

Students must maintain “acceptable academic standing” as defined by the College’s Probation/Suspension Academic Action Policy which can be found in the WSC General and Graduate Catalog.  Students placed on academic suspension are automatically placed on financial aid suspension.

 

 

2.

Quantitative Completion Rate

Students must successfully complete (see below) an established number of attempted credit hours each semester based on the financial aid status for which they are paid in order to maintain future eligibility.  All summer sessions jointly are considered one term.  The following tables display the relationship between hours attempted, hours completed, and financial aid eligibility for a single term:

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Enrollement

Status

Hours

Completed

Hrs. Completed

Good Standing

Hrs. Completed

Warning

Hrs. Completed

Suspension

Full-time

3/4 time

1/2 time

<1/2 time

12+

9-11

6-8

1-5

12

9-11

6-8

1-5

9-11

6-8

3-5

75%

0-8

0-5

0-2

less than 75%

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Enrollement

Status

Hours

Completed

Hrs. Completed

Good Standing

Hrs. Completed

Warning

Hrs. Completed

Suspension

Full-time

3/4 time

1/2 time

9+

7-8

5-6

9

7-8

5-6

7-8

5-6

3-4

0-6

0-4

0-2

 

Successfully completed credit hours include letter grades of A, B, C, D or S.  Credit hours that will not count as successfully completed include letter grades of NC (No Credit), F (Fail), I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), and IP (In Progress).  AU (Audit), credit by exam (i.e. CLEP), and repeats of successfully completed credits will not be considered in the hours attempted and may not be used in determining enrollment status for financial aid purposes.  When Incomplete and In Progress grades are officially changed by the instructor, the student must inform the Financial Aid Office if s/he wishes to be re-evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress.

 

 

3.

Quantitative Maximum Time Frame

Students may receive financial aid toward their degree up to a maximum timeframe for the particular program as follows:

1st Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree

Financial aid recipients may not exceed 180 attempted credit hours toward their first bachelor’s degree.  Attempted hours are defined as all attempted credit hours in which students enroll that are reflected on their academic record.  This will include any transfer hours accepted by the Records and Registration Office from all previously attended institutions.

 

Graduate and Specialist degrees 

Financial aid recipients may not exceed 125% attempted credit hours toward either a graduate or specialist degree.  Attempted hours are defined as all credit hours attempted toward the sought degree and that are reflected on the student’s academic record.

 

2nd Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree

Financial aid recipients seeking a second bachelor’s degree are required to complete a credit evaluation through the Records and Registration Office in order to receive financial aid.  Copies of the credit evaluation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for eligibility determination.  Students seeking the second bachelor’s degree may not exceed 125% credit hours toward the second Bachelor’s degree.

 

Initial Endorsement/Initial Teaching Certificate/Recertification 

Students seeking an initial endorsement, initial teaching certificate or recertification may not exceed the required credit hours for the endorsement, certificate or recertification.

 

Additional endorsements/majors

Students seeking to add an additional endorsement or major to their current degree are not eligible for financial aid as this academic criteria is not considered degree seeking.

 

 

WARNING:

Students not meeting the requirements of the policy are notified via WSC e-mail that they have not made progress.  Students placed on financial aid warning remain eligible to receive financial aid under most programs for the next period of enrollment.  A student is not allowed to receive consecutive Warning Semesters of Federal aid.  Students who fail to meet component one or two of the above requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress at the conclusion of their Warning Semester will be placed on financial aid suspension and are no longer eligible for financial aid.

 

Students who fail to meet component three of the policy are immediately ineligible for financial aid; no probationary period applies

 

Appeal Process
A student who is placed on Financial Aid Suspension may submit an appeal form to the Student Financial Services Office.  An appeal must be based on significant mitigating circumstances that seriously impacted academic performance (for example, serious illness or injury of the student, or death of a relative).  In the SAP Appeal, a student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of what SAP measure/s were failed and what has changed that will allow the student to meet SAP at the next SAP evaluation.  The appeal must also include documentation supporting the reason(s) the student failed to meet SAP or complete the probationary requirements.  Appeal forms are available by clicking on the link above and must be submitted no later than the deadline date provided in the notification.  If aid is not reinstated, the student may then appeal to the Financial Aid Appeal Committee.

 

Regain Eligibility
To regain eligibility for future financial aid at Wayne State College and meet satisfactory academic progress standards, a student must do all of the following during a single semester (without financial aid):  achieve the minimum grade point average (as indicated in component one) and attain the minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours (as indicated in component two).  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Student Financial Services Office in writing once all requirements to regain financial aid eligibility have been completed.

 

NOTES:
In order to qualify for state and federal financial aid beyond the 60th earned credit hour at Wayne State College, students must be enrolled in and have officially declared a major program of study.  The only exception to this policy is first semester transfer students admitted on probation, due to institutional admission policies affecting these students.  Students who do not meet this requirement will need to declare a major or be subject to financial aid suspension. 

 

For additional information

Please contact the Wayne State College Student Financial Services Office

800-228-9972, ext. 7229, or by e-mail at sfs@wsc.edu.

 

Related Links
Title IV Code: 002566

Contact Info

Phone:

(800) 228-9972

(402) 375-7230

 

Emails:

finaid1@wsc.edu

Upcoming Deadlines
August 2014

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