General Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
The University of New England is required by federal law to regularly monitor a student’s academic progress. The standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) measure a student’s performance in three areas:
- Completion Rate
- Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Maximum Time Frame.
The SAP policies apply to all financial aid programs. Students who are not successfully meeting all SAP requirements risk losing financial aid. SAP is reviewed at the end of each semester, and students failing to meet requirements will be notified and placed on Financial Aid Probation (Warning) for the following semester. During the probationary semester, students will continue to receive financial aid. At the conclusion of the probationary semester, if students are still not meeting SAP requirements, financial aid will be suspended until all SAP requirements are successfully met.
Students have the ability to appeal financial aid suspensions. To do so, a student must submit a letter explaining the circumstances that prevented meeting SAP criteria along with documentation supporting the appeal. Timeframe for appeals are outlined in the email notification sent to students at the conclusion of the semester.
Because failing SAP is due to an insufficient GPA and/or course credit deficiencies, students can work to obtain satisfactory SAP status several ways during the period when they are not receiving financial aid: successful completion of UNE courses to raise the GPA; and/or addressing credit deficiencies by taking courses at UNE or at other institutions, as long as credits taken are transferrable to UNE.
In the event that grade changes and/or the removal of incomplete courses on the transcript result in meeting SAP measures, a transcript copy should be submitted to Student Financial Services for review.
Maximum Time Frame Warning
When students’ academic records indicate that they have attempted more than 125% of their degree or certificate credit hour requirements, they will receive a warning that they are approaching the maximum time frame. Students remain eligible for federal financial aid during that time but may want to plan coursework accordingly to complete their degree within the maximum time frame. Students who exceed the maximum time frame before finishing studies become ineligible for federal financial assistance but may continue studies and complete their programs under their own funding.
1. Completion rate
A student must pass a minimum of 67% percent of the total attempted credits. This is measured by comparing the number of attempted credit hours to the earned credit hours.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA)
Specified by year in school or specific program requirement.
3. Maximum time frame
A student cannot attempt more than 150% of the normal credits required for their degree or certificate program.
The following are considered when evaluating a student’s satisfactory academic progress:
• Withdrawals, incompletes, and failures are considered attempted but not earned hours.
• Passing credits received for pass/fail courses are considered attempted and earned credits; failing grades in pass/fail courses are considered attempted but not earned.
• Repeated courses and courses for which the student has been granted academic amnesty are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned hours.
• Audited courses are not considered credits attempted or earned.
• Remedial courses are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned hours.
21 (successfully completed credit hours) ÷ 30 (attempted credit hours) = 70% (Credit Completion Ratio)