Federal law mandates that all students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree to maintain eligibility for financial aid. Federal regulations also require Chancellor University to review, at least annually, the academic progress of students who apply for and/or receive federal financial assistance. This rule applies to every student whether or not financial aid has been received previously. Chancellor University students are expected to meet and maintain three measurable objectives in order to receive federal financial aid:
- Percentage of Completion
- Minimum Grade Point Average
- Maximum Completion Timeframe
All information may be found at: SAP Appeal Form and SAP Policy Sheet.
Percentage of Completion
All students, regardless of degree sought, must complete, with passing grades, at least 67% of the attempted credits each semester.
Attempted credit hours include the following:
- Successfully completed (with passing grades)
- Non-passing grades (F, I, MG)
- Disenrollment from a semester (W, WA, (WF after the Drop/Add period))
- Grades which are changed to W through the appeal process
Minimum Grade Point Average
Undergraduate students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 based on hours attempted. Graduate students must earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 based on hours attempted. This calculation includes any courses that may have been repeated
Maximum Completion Timeframe
Students seeking a Bachelor’s degree may take up to 180 hours of credit and still be eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking an Associate’s degree may take up to 90 hours of credit and still be eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking a certificate (Paralegal Education or Health Service Management Certificates only) may take up to 54 hours of credit and still be eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking a Graduate degree may take up to 3 years to complete their graduate program and still be eligible for federal financial aid. A student may not receive aid for any classes beyond this standard.
If a student has been denied aid based on any of the reasons listed above, there is an appeal process. Students may fill out the appeal form link to SAP Appeal Form and return along with any supporting documentation. Appeals are processed in a timely manner, as they are received, in the Financial Aid Office. Appeals submitted without the proper documentation will be returned to you. You may need to make alternative payment arrangements with the Business Office during this process. You will receive notification at your Chancellor University email address once the appeal process is complete.