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Quality Assurance Program

Satisfactory Academic Progress

This assessment provides you with an opportunity to review and evaluate your procedures regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If you identify areas requiring corrective action, we recommend that you complete an Action Plan.

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SAP Activity 1: SAP File Review Worksheet

Additional Links: 2014-15  FSA Handbook, Student Eligibility, Chapter 1; 2014-15 FSA Handbook, School Eligibility & Operations, Chapter 3Program Integrity Questions & Answers - Satisfactory Academic Progress; Online Training Module, SAP – DCL ANN-14-09

Please note the regulatory citations are referenced in the first column of the assessment. To link to any of the regulatory references, click on the link in the regulatory link column and scroll down to the applicable section.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulatory Link(s) Activity

Administrative Capability 34 CFR 668.16(e)

34 CFR 668.2

34 CFR 668.16

34 CFR 668.32

34 CFR 668.34

 
Student Eligibility 34 CFR 668.32(f) A Guide To Creating A Policies and Procedures Manual, Introduction and Section 1

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 34 CFR 668.34

SAP Policy required elements

  • The policy is at least as strict as the policy the institution applies to a student who is not receiving assistance under the title IV, HEA programs
  • The policy provides for consistent application of standards to all students within categories of students, e.g., fulltime, part-time, undergraduate, and graduate students, and educational programs established by the institution
  • GPA or other comparable assessment measured against a norm
  • The pace at which a student must progress to complete the program within the maximum timeframe
  • Process for Incompletes, Withdrawals, Repetitions, and transfer of credit from other schools
  • Frequency of SAP evaluation
  • SAP Warning (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Warning)
  • SAP Probation (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Probation)
  • SAP Appeal (applicable only if school's policy places student on Financial Aid Probation. Student must appeal before probation granted.)
  • Process for Schools that evaluate SAP at the end of each payment period
  • Process for Schools that evaluate SAP annually or less frequently than the end of each payment period
  • SAP Notifications
SAP Activity 1: SAP File Review Worksheet

Last Updated August 2014

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