Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Definitions

Federal regulations require institutions to monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients. Grand Valley's Satisfactory Academic Policy is to provide financial aid to students capable of remaining in good academic standing and who make adequate progress toward a degree.

Students must meet the academic requirements below, to remain eligible for financial aid. Grand Valley must take into consideration ALL attempted Grand Valley credits regardless if financial aid was received for those credits.

A student's financial aid eligibility is reviewed each semester. For more information on the policy, please see the SAP policy disclaimers and definitions.

If a student becomes ineligible for financial aid, they may appeal their SAP standing.


SAP

Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) are federally regulated requirements which specify the minimum cumulative GPA and completion rate a student must maintain to qualify for federal financial aid funds. At the end of each semester students will be reviewed to ensure that they are maintaining eligibility to receive financial aid.

SAP Warning Status

A student that is not meeting SAP requirements will be given a warning status code to allow them one semester to regain eligibility by meeting the minimum cumulative GPA and completion rate requirements listed under Terms and Conditions. Students are only given a warning status after having been in an SAP eligible status.

SAP Ineligible Status

Students that are unable to meet and maintain the minimum overall SAP standards are ineligible for financial aid. This status also applies to students unable to meet the terms of their SAP Probation or Academic Plan.

SAP Probation Status

Students that were placed on a SAP warning status that were unable to meet the minimum requirements will be given the option of appealing to the SAP Appeals Committee to request an exception to receive financial aid for one additional semester. While on probation a student must meet the following requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility:

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Undergraduate & 2nd Undergraduate Students

  1. Earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester).

Graduate & Doctoral Students

  1. Earn a 3.0 semester GPA or a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester).

Academic Plan Status

Students unable to regain and meet overall SAP standards after having been in Warning and Probation status may be placed in an Academic Plan status. An Academic Plan is intended to support and encourage students to successfully progress toward earning their degree, and can be met by:

Students at Zumberge Pond

Undergraduate & 2nd Undergraduate Students

  1. Earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester).

Graduate & Doctoral Students

  1. Earn a 3.0 semester GPA or a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  2. Complete all enrolled credits (will include only credits enrolled in at the end of the 100% drop/add period each semester).

Based upon the discretion of the SAP Appeals Committee, students who have had continuous struggles with regaining and maintaining the minimum overall SAP standards may have an individualized Academic Plan created which outlines additional requirements that must also be met. Individual Academic Plans will be documented and agreed upon by the student and a financial aid administrator. Students placed in an Academic Plan status will be reviewed each semester to ensure they are meeting the requirements of their Academic Plan. If a student is unable to meet the minimum requirements of their Academic Plan they will be ineligible for financial aid.