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Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards

In order to verify academic progress and to determine eligibility for Federal s Aid (FSA) funds as outlined in the Federal Student Aid Handbook, Post University has established minimum academic standards for measuring students’ academic progresses.

A review of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is conducted for both Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program students after each term/payment period. A term/payment period consists of one semester or two consecutive terms. Students who fall below the required academic standards may be placed on Warning for the next eligible term/payment period. If satisfactory improvement is not achieved by the end of the Warning period, then the students’ aid eligibilities will be suspended and they will be dismissed from Post University. Each case is reviewed and, whenever possible, students are given the opportunity to continue with their educations.

 
 

Qualitative Standards
Qualitative standards measure students’ Cumulative Grade Point Averages.

Post University uses the following escalating scale that undergraduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Associate’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50

13-30

1.70

31-60

2.00

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Bachelor’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50

13-30

1.70

31-60

1.85

61+

2.00

New undergraduate students who have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 0.00 in their first term/payment period, regardless of number of credits attempted, will have their FSA eligibilities suspended and will be dismissed from Post University without first being placed on Warning.

Post University uses the following escalating scale that graduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Master’s Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-52

3.00

In graduate programs, an earned course grade below a C- (i.e., D+, D, D- and F) is considered a failing grade. Students who receive grades lower than C- will be required to repeat the courses and obtain passing grades (i.e., C. – or better). Failure to do so will result in FSA eligibility being suspended and being dismissed from Post University. In addition, graduate students must maintain the required 3.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average in order to register for programs’ Capstone Courses. If they fall below the minimum requirement, they will need to repeat course(s) in the program(s) in which they earned lower grades to increase their Cumulative Grade Point Averages

The required Cumulative Grade Point Average will vary depending on whether or not the certificate being pursued is undergraduate or graduate:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Certificate Programs)

Total Credits

Cumulative Grade Point Average

0-12

1.50 or 3.00

13-30

2.00 or 3.00

Course in-completes, withdrawals, and transfers of credit from other institutions are not used as part of the calculation. Once course in-completes have been converted into earned grades, they will retroactively be used as part of the calculation.

 


Pace of Completion Standards
Pace of Completion measures students’ progresses towards completing their programs of study. Pace of Completion is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of credit hours the students have successfully completed by the cumulative number of credit hours the students have attempted. The calculation is performed for both the coursework attempted at Post University as well as overall attempted coursework, including course in-completes, withdrawals, repetitions, and transfers of credit from other institutions. In making this calculation, the institution is not required to include remedial courses.Post University uses the following escalating scale that undergraduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Associate’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

50%

13-30

60%

31-60

67%

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Bachelor’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

50%

13-30

60%

31-60

67%

61+

67%

Post University uses the following escalating scale that graduate students must satisfy in both the Main Campus and Accelerated Degree Program programs in order to remain in good academic standing:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Master’s Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-52

67%

The required Pace of Completion for all certificate programs is 67%:

Academic Degree Progress Standard (Certificate Programs)

Total Credits

Pace of Completion

0-12

67%

13-30

67%

150% Maximum Timeframe
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 programs.

For example:

  • Certificate in Paralegal Studies = 45-49.5 credits (30-33 x 1.5)
  • Associate of Science in Accounting = 90 credits (60 x 1.5)
  • Bachelor of Science degree = 180 credits (120 x 1.5)
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management = 18 credits (12 x 1.5)
  • Master of Business Administration = 78 credits (52 x 1.5)

Warning
Students who do not meet SAP as outlined above are placed on Warning. Students on Warning are eligible to receive FSA for the next eligible term/payment period in which they are enrolled.

Financial Aid Suspension/Academic Dismissal
For students who are placed on Warning, the University will conduct a review of academic progress at the end of the Warning period. Students who do not meet the minimum SAP standards by the end of the Warning period will have their FSA eligibilities suspended, be removed from any current and future courses, and be dismissed from Post University. Students may appeal this decision by following the Appeal Process.

Appeal Process
Students whose FSA eligibilities have been suspended and have been dismissed from Post University and wish to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to their respective Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will review the appeal, which includes 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.

Students may begin submitting appeal letters one week before the end of the term/payment period when they expect to have their FSA eligibility suspended and be dismissed from Post University. Students must submit their appeal letters one week before the start of a term/payment period to be considered for return that term/payment period.

If the studentsappeals are submitted and approved before the end of the add/drop period of the term/payment period after they were dismissed from Post University, the students will be re-enrolled in any current and future courses, and be placed on Probation.

Probation
Students whose FSA eligibilities have been suspended and have been dismissed from Post University and wish to appeal must submit their appeals in writing to their respective Academic Dean. Students whose appeals are approved will be placed on Probation. Students on Probation have one term/payment period to raise their Cumulative Grade Point Averages and/or Pace of Completion above the minimum requirements outlined by the SAP policy. Students who are placed on an Academic Plan will have additional time to improve their Cumulative Grade Point Averages and/or Pace of Completion according to the requirements of the plan.  All Probations are reviewed at the end of each grading period. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their Probation period will have their FSA eligibilities suspended and will be dismissed from Post University, and must wait two terms/payment periods before submitting subsequent appears.  The subsequent appears’ explanations of mitigating circumstances and supporting documentation cannot be the same as the previously approved appeals.

Repeating Coursework
Students are permitted to repeat courses for which they have already attempted, and the most recent grade is calculated into the students’ Cumulative Grade Point Average. When calculating Pace of Completion, attempted credits will include all courses even though prior grades are excluded when calculating the Cumulative Grade Point Average. Students may only repeat failed courses taken at Post University a total of two times. Students who wish to retake courses a third time must obtain permission from their respective Academic Dean.

With respect to FSA, 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.

Review
Post University will review SAP at the end of each grading period. At the time of review, if the SAP criteria are not met, students are notified of their status for the following term/payment period. Post University notifies students by submitting information to the e-mail addresses maintained in the students’ files.  All periods of students’ enrollments are counted in the Cumulative Grade Point Average and Pace of Completion calculations, except as noted above for students who change their Programs of Study.

Students are provided one term/payment period, hereafter referred to as the Warning period, to meet the required academic standards. If students are not able to meet SAP by the end of the Warning period, their FSA eligibilities will be suspended and they will be dismissed from Post University.  Students who fail to enroll for their Warning period will remain on Warning until enrollment in their next eligible term/payment period.

Reestablish Aid Eligibility
Students may reestablish their FSA eligibilities by reaching or exceeding the applicable minimum SAP requirements. Students who regain eligibility may receive their Federal Pell Grant and their Direct Loan funds for the term/payment period in which they become eligible.

 

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