Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid

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Federal regulations require that all students who receive financial assistance demonstrate that they are moving through their academic program at a reasonable rate and are making progress toward their degree. A student must maintain Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) in a course of study regardless of whether the student received financial aid or transferred in from another institution.

SAP Monitoring

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) at Seminole State will be monitored at the end of each term and must include the student's total academic history (Seminole State, Advanced Placement, dual enrollment, transient and transfer hours, regardless of the age of the credits). To receive federal aid, a student must be meeting SAP regardless of whether he or she previously received federal aid.

To be considered in good standing, a student must meet each of the following criteria when SAP is checked at the end of every semester:

  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete 67 percent of all credit hours attempted including transfer hours. This is called the pace. The chart below demonstrates 67 percent for attempted hours in a semester. The left column is the attempted hours and the corresponding number in the right column is the number of hours you must successfully complete with a 2.0 GPA to maintain SAP.

  • Not exceed the maximum time frame for degree completion. A student may receive financial aid for up to 150 percent of the required number of credit hours needed to graduate from a specific program of study. See section for Transfer Students below.

 

67 Percent Completion Chart for Successful Progression
Toward a Degree or Eligible Certificate by Term (Pace)

Credit Hours Attempted

Earned Hours Needed

(passed with GPA of 2.0 or higher)

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SAP Warning Period

Students who fail to meet SAP requirements for the first time will be placed on Financial Aid Warning at the end of the semester in which they did not meet the standard(s). They will be eligible to receive federal financial aid funding for the following semester in order to have an opportunity to bring up their GPA and pace.

Students who do not meet SAP after this period of Financial Aid Warning will be denied eligibility for future semesters and placed on Financial Aid Suspension status until they meet the SAP standards or submit an SAP Appeal that is approved.

Currently enrolled students who are on a financial aid "Warning" status will be allowed to register for courses in future semesters but will not have financial aid available to them until after grades post for the current term in which they are enrolled. Once grades are assessed at the conclusion of the term, and financial aid eligibility is assessed, financial aid will be available to those students who meet the federal requirements.

Financial Aid Suspension

Students who do not meet the SAP during the warning period will not be awarded federal financial aid until they meet SAP or submit an SAP Appeal that is approved. Students who submit an SAP Appeal that is approved will be placed on an Academic Plan. The student will continue receiving financial aid as long as he/she successfully complies with the prescribed Academic Plan requirements, meets SAP standards or graduates.

Academic Plan

Academic Plans will be assigned only if the student has an approved SAP Appeal. The Academic Plan is designed to ensure that the student will be meeting SAP by a specific point in time. Seminole State’s Academic Plan requires that students:

  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher for each class taken under the plan for that semester. If the student is on an Academic Plan due to a GPA deficiency, then the student must maintain a 2.5 semester GPA for each semester he/she is on an Academic Plan.
  • Complete 100 percent of enrolled coursework for that semester (no failures or withdrawals)
  • Enroll only in the specific courses required for their current degree program each term

As long as the student adheres to the Academic Plan outlined by the three conditions above, the student may remain on the Academic Plan until he or she re-establishes eligibility for financial aid. The student will not have to re-appeal each term.

Currently enrolled students who are on a financial aid Academic Plan will be allowed to register for courses in future semesters but will not have financial aid availble to them until after grades post for the current term in which they are enrolled. Once grades are assessed at the conclusion of the term, and financial aid eligibility is assessed, financial aid will be available to those students who meet the federal requirements.

A student may not change his or her program plan while under an Academic Plan.

If the student does not adhere to the Academic Plan (i.e., meet all three of the criteria above), the student will be placed on Financial Aid Suspension. As a result, the student will lose financial aid eligibility.

Repeated, Audited, Consortium, Remedial Courses, Enrollment

  • Financial aid eligibility will include repeated courses which were not successfully completed. Students who are on their third attempt of a class must pay full cost of tuition according to Florida statute unless they have a successful third attempt appeal through Enrollment Services.
  • Financial aid eligibility will include repeating a course one time if the student earned prior credit for the course with a grade of a “D” or higher regardless of whether the class was taken at Seminole State or transferred in from another institution.
  • Audited courses, continuing education, or credit by examination do not qualify for federal financial aid.
  • Courses funded through a consortium agreement are included in determining academic progress. All attempted transient enrolled hours at another institution are added to the attempted Seminole State hours, and these hours will affect a student’s completion ratio. To avoid Financial Aid Suspension for insufficient hours completed, students must submit their grades (official transcript) from the other institution to Enrollment Services for all terms that they were enrolled in transient hours.
  • Enrollment in any part of term will be considered in the respective fall, spring, or summer term to be evaluated for SAP.

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