Satisfactory Academic Performance Policy


Federal regulations require that students receiving financial aid must be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and comply with all federal, state, and institutional policies and standards applying to financial aid programs. To insure that recipients of federal, state, and/or institutional funds make qualitative and quantitative (Pace) academic progress, as well as the completion of their degrees within the Maximum Time Limit, Tusculum College has set forth a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy as explained in the document below.

A review of SAP will be conducted each year at the end of the spring semester. Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their academic progress carefully and they should understand that drops, withdrawals, grades of E (Excused), I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), and non-attendance (NR) can affect current and upcoming financial aid eligibility.

Repeated courses may be included in federal and state aid calculations (see “Repeated Coursework” section for details). A student may receive federal and state aid for a maximum of 30 developmental / remedial credit hours. This includes all failed courses, repeats, and incompletes. Developmental / Remedial courses are calculated in the qualitative portion of SAP, but are excluded from the quantitative portion (qualitative and quantitative explained under Section II, A & B). Non-credit, and audited courses are not included in any federal aid calculations or SAP reviews.

Transfer students – Transfer students will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester or after an equivalent of an academic year (whichever occurs first). All credit hours that are accepted by the Registrar’s Office will be included in the SAP evaluation (both qualitative and quantitative). All hours attempted will be calculated in the Maximum Time Limit of 150% of the degree program. All periods of enrollment are reviewed regardless of whether or not federal and/or state aid was received or if Tusculum College was/was not attended. All students are encouraged to review the entire SAP Policy provided below.


Download PDF Document 2015-16 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy