Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Satisfactory Academic Progress
And Conditions for Reinstatement of Financial Aid
Students who have applied for federal financial aid funds are required to make satisfactory
academic progress (SAP). SAP is calculated at the end of each term (payment period).
If a student does not meet the SAP policy, he/she must attend one or more semesters
without financial aid until the required standard is met unless approved in the appeal
process. Students are considered to be making SAP if they meet the following criteria:
- Degree seeking: Students must be admitted and enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program.
- Credit hours: Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester (or
a summer) for most aid programs. Full-time enrollment is required for some aid programs.
A student's official enrollment status will be determined on the 11th day of enrollment each semester (census date). Financial aid disbursement, in most
cases, will be based on enrollment status as of the census date and financial aid
may be disbursed when funds are available following the census date.
- Cumulative Grade Point Average: 1.75 GPA for the first 30 hours, 2.0 GPA for 31+ hours.
- Maximum credit hours: Students may receive financial aid up to 150 percent of the published credit hour
length of their declared program. For example, 150 percent of a 60 credit hour AA
degree is 90 credit hours (150% x 60 hours = 90 credit hours).
Maximum hours apply whether or not the student was receiving financial aid at the
time credits were being attempted.
For satisfactory academic progress purposes the student’s NPC transcript (including
transferable credit hours) will be the official record used to evaluate all attempts,
completion of attempted hours and cumulative grade point average. For financial aid
purposes, grades of A, B, C, D, F, IP, and W along with any repeated courses are all
considered attempted hours and will be counted towards the maximum time frame. Any
student who transfers or changes majors must adhere to the maximum hour standards.
- Quantitative/Pace of Progress Requirement: Students must successfully complete and pass 67% of all courses attempted.
- Repeated Course Work: Federal student aid may only pay for one repeat of a previously passed course. A “D”
or better is considered passing. An attempt may be excluded from this calculation
if the attempt was made while the student was in high school.
Students may apply for an appeal at NPC in the event of a drop in eligibility. Some appeal situations may require
that an academic plan be established for the remainder of student’s degree. All students
must meet their required CGPA by the end of the appealed term to continue receiving
aid. Max Hour/Pace prior approved appeals eligibility issues will receive a preliminary
review by financial aid staff to determine if a student is eligible for an automatic
appeal approval based on professional judgment. Students who are not automatically
approved will be notified that they are required to complete a traditional appeal.
Students may re-appeal in cases of extenuating circumstances i.e. death of immediate
family member with documentation, unanticipated serious illness of the student with
documentation, or institutional error.
Students must attend all classes as required in each instructor's syllabus. Students
who are reported as non-attending may be administratively withdrawn from classes.
Students dropped from federal aid eligibility must request reinstatement after the
SAP standard is reached. Students who do not maintain SAP and who are denied aid
may file an appeal with the Financial Aid Office.
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