Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require that all students who receive federal or state financial aid make progress toward a degree. All colleges must have policies that ensure students are making this progress both qualitatively (GPA) and quantitatively (hours attempted versus hours earned and time frame). At Cumberlands, we have established the following Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for all types of financial aid (federal, state, and institutional) that will be reviewed each semester, including the summer term.
Students must have at least 12 credit hours each semester to be considered full-time. Students with 9 to 11 credit hours are considered¾ time, and students with 6-8 hours are ½ time. Any student with less than 6 hours is considered less-than ½ time. Enrollment status is determined at 5:00 p.m. on the last day to register for a class. This is called our “Census Date.” Most types of financial aid are dependent on enrollment status. For example, the student must be full-time to receive institutional scholarship. Enrollment status will not change after the Census Date for that term, but dropping or withdrawing from classes can cause problems with maintaining SAP. Transfer credit counts as both attempted and earned hours. Repeating classes can affect SAP.
The maximum time frame in which as student must complete their degree cannot exceed 150% of the published length of the students major. All undergraduate majors at Cumberlands require a minimum of 128 hours to complete the degree. Students can therefore attempt a maximum of 192 hours (128 x 150%) and remain eligible. Any student who attempts hours beyond this mark is ineligible for financial aid. All semesters and credit hours attempted are used toward the maximum time frame allowance regardless of whether the student received financial aid. All repeated courses, failed courses, withdrawals, courses taken from a change in major, and transferred hours will count as credit hours attempted toward the maximum time frame.
In order to complete the necessary number of credit hours within the allowable time frame, all students must earn credits in 67% of all hours they attempt. Grades of W, I, F, and transfer hours are counted as attempted hours; however, grades of W, I, and F will NOT count as earned hours. Below are some examples:
|Fall Hours Attempted||Spring Hours Attempted||Total Hours Attempted||Student Must Earn|
|12||12||24 x .67||16|
|9||9||18 x .67||12|
|6||6||12 x .67||8|
- Students must also earn a certain cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) to maintain SAP.
- 1 – 29 hours attempted must have at least a 1.60 GPA
- 30-61 hours attempted must have at least a 1.80 GPA
- 62+ hours attempted must have and maintain a 2.00 GPA
After each semester, a review will be made of all enrolled students to determine if they meet this policy. If the student fails to meet SAP after one semester, they will be automatically placed on “Financial Aid Warning.” The student will be eligible to receive aid for one semester. At the end of the warning semester, the student will be evaluated again. If they regain SAP, there is no further action, and they remain eligible for financial aid. For those students who fail to regain SAP, they will be placed in “SAP Suspension” and be ineligible to receive financial aid.