Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Federal regulations require that all student financial aid recipients make satisfactory academic progress toward achieving a degree. The review of satisfactory academic progress must include both quantitative and qualitative components. This is measured by the student’s cumulative grade point average and pace of credits earned in relation to those attempted and the length of the academic program.

This policy shall apply to the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program, TEACH Grant, Federal Work Study Program, Tennessee Student Assistance Awards, Tennessee Educational Lottery Scholarship Program, and any other Title IV or Higher Education Act (HEA) approved programs.  Please note this policy does not apply to any Fisk Institutional aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard Measurements

CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

A student is in violation of maintaining SAP for Financial aid purposes if he/she: 

  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 1.5 for 0-15 attempted hours
  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 1.7 for 16-30 attempted hours
  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 1.8 for 31-45 attempted hours
  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 1.9 for 46-59 attempted hours
  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for 60 or more attempted hours (Inclusive of all undergraduate courses as recorded by the Registrar Office)
  • has a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 if pursuing a graduate degree 

COMPLETION RATE

Students must earn 66.7% of their total attempted credits to remain eligible for federal and state financial aid, including Stafford Loans.

FINANCIAL AID TIME LIMITATIONS

For an undergraduate degree, students are allowed to attempt up to 150% of the number of hours required for that degree, which is 180 attempted hours e.g. (120 hrs. x 1.5 =180 hrs.).

For graduate degrees, students are allowed to attempt up to 150% of the number of hours required for that degree, for programs excluding Clinical Psychology the total would be 45 attempted hours e.g. (30hrs x 1.5 = 45hrs).  For those students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program, the total would be 63 attempted hours e.g. (42 hrs. x 1.5 = 63hrs.).

LOSS OF FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY

Students who are not in compliance with their cumulative GPA and/or completion rate will be granted a one semester warning status.  Students on warning status who fail to  meet SAP compliance standards with their cumulative GPA and/or completion rate will be placed on a failed status. 

Students who are placed on failed status will be suspended from eligibility for Federal Title IV Aid (grants, loans, work-study), state funded programs, and any other aid programs requiring that students meet SAP standards. Students may appeal their suspension by going to the following website http://www.fisk.edu/financial-aid/documents-and-forms to complete an appeal form that must be submitted with documentation by the set deadline date determined by the Fisk Financial Aid SAP Committee.

If the student’s appeal is approved the student will be placed on a one semester probation status. (Please note that students who have exceeded the 150% time limitation for undergraduate or graduate programs are not eligible for a probationary semester). If student fails to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements of his/her probation status the student will be suspended from eligibility for Federal Title IV Aid (grants, loans work study) state funded programs and other aid programs that require students to meet SAP standards. 

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS APPEAL PROCESS

SAP progression will be measured at the end of each academic semester. Students will be notified via letter and email, if they are in violation of the standards and have been placed on warning or probation. Students whose financial aid has been terminated due to violation of their Grade Point Average and/or Completion Rate Standards will have the opportunity to appeal to the Fisk Financial Aid SAP Committee. The SAP appeal must include a letter explaining the circumstances surrounding the violation along with supporting documentation.  After the Fisk Financial Aid SAP Committee has rendered a decision, the student will be notified via letter and e-mail of the Committee’s decision.  Appeal on the outcome can be made to the Vice President of Enrollment Management with further appeal possible to the University President, who possesses final authority. 

Please note that this Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is for federal and state financial aid purposes only and is separate from the Fisk University Academic Affairs Satisfactory Academic Policy