According to federal regulations (CFR 668.34), students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to be eligible for any Federal Student Aid (Title IV). All students must meet the following minimum standards of academic achievement and successful course completion to maintain their Title IV eligibility. The student’s progress will be evaluated at the end of every semester (including summer and winter sessions). Please note that these criteria do not replace the University’s set of policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, but they do apply to students who are enrolled in AUR’s undergraduate programs and partake in Title IV student aid program.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)
- The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 1.5 at the end of the first academic year (25 credits must be earned)
- The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of the second academic year (or after completing 54 credits) and thereafter.
PACE OF COMPLETION
- The student must complete at least two thirds of the attempted courses each semester
MAXIMUM TIME FRAME
- The maximum time in which a student is permitted to complete a degree while maintaining Title IV eligibility is 150 per cent of the published program length. The maximum time frame depends on whether the student is full-time or part-time.
Example: If the published program length is 4 academic years, the maximum time to complete the program is 150% of 4, or 6 years total.
The student’s progress is evaluated at the end of every semester (including summer and winter sessions). If it is found that a student receiving Title IV aid does not comply with the above listed standards, they will be notified in writing and placed on probation for one semester. During that semester, the student will still be eligible for Title IV aid. However, if at the end of the probation period the student still fails to meet the standards, they will lose Title IV eligibility.
A student may appeal their loss of Title IV eligibility. They must submit the appeal within two weeks after the last day of classes of the semester. The appeals committee will meet and relay the decision to the student within one month after the submission of the appeal. The appeal committee may determine that the student may be placed on Title IV probation for an additional term if they decide the student will be able to meet the school’s satisfactory academic progress requirements by the end of the subsequent term.
Students who failed to maintain eligibility may regain their Title IV eligibility through the appeals process (as described above) or by meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
INCOMPLETES, WITHDRAWALS, TRANSFER CREDIT
If a student receives an incomplete or if they withdrew from a course, the credits will be counted as attempted but not completed. Noncredit courses will not be counted as attempted or completed. Transfer credits are counted as attempted and completed.