SU Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is the term used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for student financial aid. Federal regulations require the Stevenson University Office of Financial Aid to establish, publish, and apply standards to monitor a student's progress towards a degree. The Stevenson University SAP test occurs each summer, after the completion of any given spring semester, and after the official posting of a cumulative grade point average.

The student's academic performance must meet the following SAP standards:

Qualitative standard: Represented by the grade point average (GPA). The student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA to remain eligible for aid.

Quantitative standard: This standard has two parts. First, the student must complete the degree or certificate program within a maximum time frame. Second, the student must successfully complete a required percentage of the credits attempted. This component is referred to as the credit completion ratio.

Appealing SAP: If a student's academic performance does not meet the minimum standards set forth in the qualitative and/or quantitative test(s), the Stevenson Office of Financial Aid maintains an appeals process that seeks information from the student related to the progress issue. In most cases, approved appeals of the SAP policy are connected to major life changes, new medical conditions, or family situations that made academic progress a hardship.

If you have questions about SU Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy or the SU SAP Appeal Guidelines & Procedures, please contact Christopher Hanlon, Director of Financial Aid, at fa-chris@mail.vjc.edu.