Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR

SAP Review Policies & Procedures

 

To be eligible for federal student aid funds, a student must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward earning a degree. The Federal Department of Education requires Fairleigh Dickinson University to have a policy for monitoring students’ satisfactory academic progress (SAP).

This policy applies to all students whether they receive federal, state, or institutional funds. A student who is not meeting SAP is ineligible for any financial aid from federal, state, or institutional sources. An exception will be made for students who receive an Employee Tuition Remission award because this is considered an employee benefit. All students are reviewed annually to determine if they comply with the University’s SAP policy. Students will be notified in writing if they are not making satisfactory academic progress.  

One measure of SAP is a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA).  The GPA is calculated according to FDU’s grading system, which is available at view2.fdu.edu/university-offices/enrollment-services/records-procedures-services/grading-and-gpa/. It is a qualitative measure of SAP and is intended to insure that a student will have the minimum GPA required receive a degree.

Another measure of SAP is the student’s pace of completion of credits. This is calculated using the earned credits towards the degree in relation to the total number of credits attempted. This quantitative measure of SAP measures the “pace” of degree completion and is intended to insure that a student will complete their degree within the maximum timeframe allowed by the Department of Education. The student must be “on pace” to continue to receive student assistance.

Maximum timeframe is the final measure of SAP. A student may only receive financial aid for credits equal to 150% of the published length of his academic program.

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

To be making SAP, an undergraduate student must meet both the qualitative and quantitative standards outlined in the following table.

 

 

Credit Hours Attempted

SAP Evaluation Method

1 to 30

31 to 60

61 to 90

91+

 

Qualitative: Minimum GPA

1.80

2.00

2.00

2.00

 

Quantitative: Pace

66.67%

66.67%

66.67%

66.67%

 

 

Transfer credits:

Credits transferred from another institution that are accepted by FDU towards a student’s program are included as attempted and completed credits for the quantitative measure of SAP.   Transfer credits do not count towards the SAP GPA.

 

Repeated Coursework:

When an undergraduate student repeats coursework, the grade from the repeated course replaces the grade originally earned for the purposes of SAP GPA. Only one attempt of the repeated course is counted as attempted and completed credits for the quantitative measure of SAP.

Students may retake courses and receive federal aid if they have previously failed a course, but can only receive aid one time for a repeated course in which they have received a passing grade. A passing grade is defined as D or better. This applies to all students regardless of any policy within an academic program requiring a higher grade in the course.

 

Withdrawals:

When a student withdraws from a class, the credits are included as attempted but not completed credits for the quantitative measure of SAP.  A student does not earn a grade when he withdraws from a class and the SAP GPA isn’t impacted.

 

Incompletes:

When a student receives an incomplete in a class, the credits are included as attempted but not completed credits for the quantitative measure of SAP. A student does not earn a grade for an incomplete class and the SAP GPA isn’t impacted.

 

Remedial or Developmental Coursework:

A student may not receive financial aid for more than 30 credits of remedial coursework taken at FDU.  Remedial credits are not counted as attempted or completed credits for the quantitative measure of SAP. Remedial credits are not included in the SAP GPA.

 

Maximum Time Frame:

Undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits to obtain their degree and may not receive federal aid for more than 180 credits (150%).