In order to remain eligible and continue to receive Federal Aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward a certificate or degree.
To be eligible for federal student aid funds, students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in their programs of study. In order to comply with the requirements to measure academic progress as outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook, Post University has established minimum academic standards for measuring a student’s academic progress that applies to federal student aid recipients.
Upon completion of a student’s payment period, the Office of Student Finance will conduct a review to determine the student’s academic progress. Students who fall below the required standards may be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the next eligible payment period. A payment period consists of one semester or two consecutive modules as outlined in the student’s award letter. If satisfactory improvement is not achieved by the end of the Financial Aid Warning period, then the student’s aid eligibility will be suspended until such time that the student regains eligibility. Each case is reviewed and, whenever possible, students are given the opportunity to continue with their education. In order to receive federal student aid and continue studies, students must meet the following minimum academic standards:
Qualitative standards measure a student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), for which students must have a minimum C average (2.0) in order to graduate. Post University uses the following escalating scale that undergraduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and ADP programs:
Academic Degree Progress Standard (Undergraduate)
Academic Degree Progress Standard (Graduate)
For federal student aid recipients, pace measures a student’s progress toward completing a degree program, and is calculated using two different measures. The first is calculated by dividing the number of credit hours the student has successfully completed at Post University by the number of credit hours the student has attempted at Post. The second is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours the student has attempted. The cumulative calculation is performed for both the coursework attempted at Post as well as overall attempted coursework, including course incompletes, withdrawals, repetitions, and transfers of credit from other institutions. In order for a student to satisfy pace requirements, he or she must successfully complete 67% of all hours attempted both at Post and cumulatively. In making this calculation, the institution is not required to include remedial courses.
150% Maximum Timeframe
Per federal regulations students must complete their respective degree requirements by the maximum timeframe specified by Post University, which is set at no more than 150% of the published length of time of the program. For all undergraduate and graduate programs, the maximum timeframe is determined by the number of credit hours required to complete the specific certificate or degree program.
For example: Bachelor of Science degree = 180 credits (120 x 1.5)
Master of Business Administration = 78 credits (52 x 1.5)
Post University provides notice to students who are in jeopardy of losing their federal student aid eligibility and no longer qualify to receive federal student aid.
Financial Aid Warning
Students who do not meet SAP as outlined above are placed on Financial Aid Warning. Per federal regulations, students on Financial Aid Warning are able to receive federal student aid for the next eligible semester/payment period in which they are enrolled.
Financial Aid Suspension
For students who are placed on Financial Aid Warning, a review of continued eligibility for federal student aid will be conducted at the end of the warning period when those grades become available. Students who do not meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the warning period will have their aid eligibility suspended. Students may appeal this decision by following the Appeals process.
Students whose federal student aid eligibility has been suspended and wish to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to the Office of Student Finance. Only complete appeals will be reviewed and must include a letter of explanation of the mitigating circumstances that caused the decline in academic performance, supporting documentation of those circumstances, and a plan for improvement. If the student’s appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation.
Financial Aid Probation
A student whose federal student aid eligibility has been suspended and wishes to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to the Office of Student Finance. If the student’s appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Financial Aid Probation. Per federal regulations, students on Financial Aid Probation have one eligible payment period or a defined academic plan to raise their CGPA and/or pace above the minimum requirements outlined by the SAP policy. All Financial Aid Probations are reviewed at the end of the eligible payment period. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their probation period will have their federal student aid eligibility suspended indefinitely.
Students are allowed to repeat courses for which they have already attempted, and only the most recent grade is calculated into the students’ CGPA. When calculating pace, attempted credits must include all courses even though prior grades are excluded when calculating the CGPA. With respect to federal student aid, the following conditions must be observed:
Undergraduate students may receive financial aid for one repetition of a previously passed course in which they have earned grades of “D-” or above, or for any failed course until it is passed.
Graduate students may receive financial aid for one repetition of a previously passed course in which they have earned grades “C-” or above, or for any failed course until it is passed.
Reestablishing Aid Eligibility
In the event that a student’s federal student aid eligibility is suspended, the student may restore eligibility by reaching or exceeding the applicable minimum SAP requirements.
Any reevaluation of student’s federal student aid eligibility in regards to meeting the applicable minimum SAP requirements must be specifically requested by the student.
A student who restores eligibility is one who was previously ineligible. A student who gains eligibility may receive his Federal Pell Grant for the entire payment period and his Direct Loan funds for the period of enrollment in which he becomes eligible.
Federal aid is available to those who qualify and can be vital for students wanting to attend college. To learn more about how Post University can make education more affordable and more valuable, visit the tuition page to guide you through your educational expenses.