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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY

What Is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Federal Regulations

Federal regulations require IRSC to establish Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress as a general eligibility requirement for financial assistance. A student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid.

There are three parts to the SAP rules.

  1. You must maintain a certain cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) dependent upon the number of credit hours you have attempted, as indicated below. This includes all course work you have taken at IRSC or any college or university (this includes college level classes taken during high school), regardless of whether or not you received financial aid for those classes.
    Minimum Attempted Credit Hours Maximum Attempted Credit Hours Minimum GPA
    0 15 1.50
    16 30 1.70
    31 999 2.00
  2. You must successfully complete at least 67% of all of the classes in which you have enrolled (this percentage is new as of Spring 2016 forward).  This includes all the course work you have taken at IRSC or any college or university (this includes dual enrollment classes), regardless of whether or not you received financial aid for those classes.
  3. You will not be eligible to receive financial aid once you have attempted more than 150% of the normal credits required for your degree or certificate program. For example, a student in a 60 credit hour program can attempt 90 credit hours (60 hours times 150%). An example of a Bachelor program is 120 credits; 150% of that program would be 180 credit hours. If you have questions about your program’s maximum eligibility, please contact Student Services or the Financial Aid Office. Notice: The total credits counted in this calculation include all credits attempted by you, regardless of whether you received financial aid for those classes. This includes those attempted from other schools, and those that might have been failed, withdrawn, or repeated. A student who has exceeded this standard is no longer eligible for financial aid whether or not items one or two (above) were met.
    “NOTE: ONCE YOU GRADUATE FROM YOUR PROGRAM YOU ARE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID. ANY AID AVAILABLE WILL BE DELETED AFTER ADD/DROP. IF YOU DO NOT DROP YOUR CLASSES, YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR PAYMENT.”

How A Withdrawal Affects Financial Aid

Warning

If your cumulative GPA and/or your cumulative completion rate fall below the standards of SAP, you will be placed on one term of warning. At the end of that term both of your cumulative rates (part one and part two above) must be at the necessary levels to remain on financial aid. If you receive a W, I, F or U while you are on warning you may be suspended for the next semester. Students on warning should contact the financial aid office (as soon as they receive the warning email) on the nearest campus to find out what they need to do to keep from losing their eligibility.

Suspension

If you do not meet GPA and/or completion rate above after the warning semester you are no longer eligible for financial aid until you have taken classes, using your own funding, and have raised your cumulative GPA and completion rate to meet the above standards.

Appeals (Petition)

Occasionally a student does not meet SAP due to an extraordinary circumstance beyond the control of the student. Such a student may appeal to the IRSC Scholarship and Loan Committee for consideration of restoration of financial aid eligibility. A student must complete an appeal form and must supply documentation of the circumstance. The committee will review the information supplied by the student, and will render a final decision. The committee’s decision is not open to further appeal. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include serious illness, hospitalization, or a death in family. When an appeal is approved it is done on a probationary basis and you must meet all rules of probation (above) and any other criteria stated by the committee.




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