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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

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. If you fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), you are no longer eligible for financial aid.

Standards:

Grade Point Average (GPA) - You must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Completion Percentage – You must complete at least 67% of the cumulative credits attempted. Classes dropped within the refund period do not count towards your cumulative credits attempted, and therefore would not affect your completion percentage.

Maximum Time Frame – You must complete your current program of study within a maximum time frame that cannot exceed 150% of the number of credits required to graduate. This includes all courses you:

  • Took at Madison College and any other college/university, including repeated courses
  • Received a final grade of F, W or I
  • Dropped after the class start date
  • This calculation does not start over if you change your program of study. It is based on cumulative credits attempted.

Status:

At the end of each semester, SAP is evaluated and you will have one of the following statuses:

Meets SAP – You meet all of the SAP standards and remain eligible for financial aid.

Warning – You did not meet one or more of the SAP standards and your prior status was “Meets SAP”, you remain eligible for financial aid for one additional semester of enrollment. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • GPA and/or Completion Percentage Warning – You are below the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage standards. At the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, if you remain below the standards, your status will be “Not Meet;” if you are above the standards, your status will be “Meets SAP”.
  • Maximum Time Frame Warning – You are between 101–149% of your program’s maximum time frame.

Not Meet – You did not meet one or more of the SAP standards and your prior status was “Warning” or “Probation”. You are not eligible for financial aid until you complete the Reinstatement Request Process. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • GPA and/or Completion Percentage Suspension – Your prior status was “Warning” or “Probation” and you are below the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage standards. 
  • Maximum Time Frame Suspension - You have exceeded 150% of the credits needed to graduate from your current program of study. 

Probation – You had a status of “Not Meet”, filed an appeal and completed the Reinstatement Request Process. Your financial aid was reinstated on a conditional basis. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • Appeal Granted – At the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, if you do not meet one or more of the SAP standards, your status will be “Not Meet”.
  • Plan – You have been placed on an Academic Fitness Program (AFP). At the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, if you do not meet all of the requirements of the AFP, your status will be “Not Meet”. If you meet all of the requirements of the AFP, your status will continue as a “Plan” until you meet the cumulative GPA and completion percentage standards. 

 

Prior academic year Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) documents:

2013-2014
2012-2013


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.