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How to Calculate SAP Standards

The Department of Education requires you to meet academic standards to receive financial aid at Madison College. These academic standards are referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). SAP is evaluated after each semester and is calculated using all credits attempted, regardless of whether financial aid was received.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

  1. Login to your myMadisonCollege Student Center.
  2. Under the Academics heading, click the “Grades” link.
  3. Select the most recent term completed for the Degree career, then click the continue button.
  4. The bottom right cell is your Cumulative GPA that is used for SAP standards.
  5. You may also manually calculate your GPA by using the tools and/or information provided to you.

Completion Percentage

  1. Determine the total number of credits completed (grades of A, AB, B, BC, C, and D) at Madison College and add that to any credits transferred in.
  2. Determine the total number of credits attempted (all final grades) at Madison College and add that to any credits transferred in.
  3. Divide the completed credits (#1) by the attempted credits (#2).
  4. The result is your cumulative Completion Percentage in decimal format (move the period over two units to get your percentage).

Maximum Time Frame

  1. Determine the total number of credits attempted (all final grades) at Madison College and add that to any credits transferred in (#2 from your Completion Percentage above). In addition, this number includes any classes you dropped after the class started and did not receive a final grade.
  2. Determine the credits required to graduate from your current program of study by clicking your program on the list and selecting “Program Curriculum Sheet (PDF)”.
  3. Add the Semester Totals together to find the total number of credits required to complete your program.
  4. Multiply the total number of credits by 1.50 (150%).
  5. The result is the maximum number of credits you may attempt before you have reached the Maximum Time Frame.  

Examples:

  • The Accounting program requires 68 degree credits to graduate. 68 x 1.5 = 102 credits.
  • The Welding program requires 29 degree credits to graduate. 29 x 1.5 = 43.5 credits (round up to 44).

Questions? Visit askMadisonCollege to view frequently asked Financial Aid questions, submit a Financial Aid Category question, access the Financial Aid Tutorials for step-by-step instructions on related processes, or contact Madison College Financial Aid at (608) 246-6170.