FINANCIAL AID


Satisfactory Academic Performance Policy

SAP 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 this document.

A review of SAP will be conducted each year at the end of the spring semester for students enrolled in the traditional 9 month programs. For students enrolled in the year round programs, that require summer coursework, a review of SAP will be conducted each year at the end of the summer 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.

Developmental/Remedial courses are assessed in the qualitative (GPA) portion of SAP, but are excluded from the calculations of the quantitative (Pace) portion (qualitative and quantitative explained under Section I, A, & B). Repeated courses may be included in federal and state aid calculations (see the “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. Non-credit and audited courses are not included in any federal aid calculations or SAP reviews.

Transfer students (as defined in the College Catalog) will be evaluated immediately upon acceptance and registration for ELIGIBILITY pertaining to the Maximum Time Frame of Degree Completion. All hours attempted will be calculated in the Maximum Time Limit of 150% of the degree program.

Transfer students enrolled in the traditional 9 month programs will be evaluated at the end of the spring semester for the Quantitative and Qualitative Progress areas. Transfer students enrolled in the year round programs, that require summer coursework, will be evaluated at the end of the summer semester for the Quantitative and Qualitative Progress areas. All credit hours that are accepted by the Registrar’s Office will be included in the evaluation of both the qualitative and quantitative areas. Note: 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.

Readmitted students (as defined in the College Catalog) will be evaluated immediately upon acceptance and registration for ELIGIBILITY pertaining to the Maximum Time Frame of Degree Completion. All hours attempted will be calculated in the Maximum Time Limit of 150% of the degree program.

Readmitted students will also be evaluated immediately upon acceptance and registration for the Quantitative and Qualitative Progress. All credit hours that are accepted by the Registrar’s Office will be included in the evaluation of both the qualitative and quantitative areas.

*** Note: 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. Readmitted students would have been checked for SAP at the end of the spring term of their last enrollment year. They may have withdrawn prior to notification that SAP had not been met. Students will still need to comply with the SAP policy upon being readmitted. A break in continuous enrollment does not negate a student from meeting SAP requirements. ***

 

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