Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Waiver Guidelines

 
 

All students receiving Federal/State funds must continue to make progress towards their degree requirements. These requirements include both a qualitative and quantitative component.

If unusual circumstances beyond your control affected your academic performance you may qualify for a waiver. An approved waiver allows financial aid eligibility to be restored for the semester, despite failure to meet published standards. After this semester you must meet new standards to retain eligibility. To initiate this process and further guidance please schedule an appointment with your Financial Aid Counselor. Once the waiver is submitted it will be reviewed by your financial aid counselor and forwarded to the Director with a recommendation. The Director will evaluate the appeal, recommendation and may consult with various other departments as appropriate and make a determination. This determination is final.

Waivers for SAP generally fall into three categories:

  • Serious personal illness/injury/medical issue
    • Where the student is experiencing an illness/injury or medical condition. Illnesses in this category are supervised by medical community. Documentation must include medical statements, and letters of opinion by medical community.The documentation must establish the severity of the illness/injury AND how the issue has been resolved or controlled such that it will no longer impede student success.
      • Appropriate Examples
        • Car accidents
        • Various Medical ailments
      • Not considered
        • Colds
        • Sprains/Breaks
  • Serious illness/injury/death of immediate family
    • Where a member of the student's immediate family is experiencing an illness/injury or medical condition AND the student is required to provide care/assistance/support in the immediate family members absence.
      • Appropriate Examples
        • Car accidents
        • Sudden Medical ailments
      • Not considered
        • Colds
        • Sprains/Breaks
  • Other
    • Other circumstances may be considered. The student must be able to document the situation was unusual, out of the ordinary, and beyond the control of the student. Student must demonstrate the issue has been resolved and no longer will impede student succcess.
      • Appropriate Examples
        • Prolonged hospital stay requiring student to care for siblings for extended periods
      • Not considered

Waivers addressing the 150% requirement are limited to specific academic situations.

    • Appropriate Examples
      • Evaluation of transfer credits. Our institutional policy is to transfer all coursework, whether it applies towards the students declared program or not. In some situations based on the number of credits it falsely positions the student forward on the SAP chart.
    • Not considered
      • Change of Major