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Satisfactory Academic Progress 2016-2017 Catalog Year


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Federal regulations require students to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive Federal Financial Aid. Students who fail to maintain minimum standards of satisfactory progress may lose eligibility for Federal and institutional aid. The SAP policy will be applied consistently to all Financial Aid applicants regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid.

FGCU’s policy includes the required SAP components in accordance with sections 668.32 and 668.16 of the federal student aid handbook. These components are a qualitative and a quantitative measure of progress.

Qualitative Measure of Progress

The qualitative requirement allows a set minimum standard Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for undergraduate and graduate students. Teacher certification and Teacher Immersion students are considered undergraduate students for SAP purposes. The CGPA does not include grades from courses taken at other institutions. 

Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for continued eligibility. Graduate students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA for continued eligibility. 

Doctorate programs will be held to the standards of the college over the program and cannot go outside of the courses selected by that program.

Quantitative Measure of Progress

The quantitative requirement is broken up into two sections.  The first quantitative standard will be the student’s completion ratio. The ratio is compiled by dividing the number of completed credits by the number of attempted credits. 

Students must have earned a minimum of 70 percent of the total credit hours attempted.  Attempted hours that can affect your completion rate include withdraws, incomplete grades, non-reported grades, unsatisfactory grades, failing grades and any other attempted credits that does not result in earned credits.

Any articulated hours transferred in from another institution (including consortium hours) will be used to calculate a student’s completion rate. 

Time Frame to Complete Degree

The second component of the quantitative measure of progress is the maximum timeframe allotted to complete a program. 

The time required to complete an undergraduate degree cannot exceed 150% of the program length. (For example, a student enrolled in a program requiring 120 credit hours to complete the degree would be ineligible for aid after attempting 180 total credit hours. Courses that are attempted during periods when a student did not receive aid are also counted in the calculation.) All articulated transfer hours, consortium hours, study abroad, repeat courses, failed courses, and any other attempted credits will be added to determine maximum timeframe hours.  Students are limited to two major changes.  This means if a student changes majors three or more times consideration may not be given to extend financial aid if the 180 hours is exceeded.  The only time this policy will be overridden is if the university should no longer offer a major and a change is necessary.

Undergraduate students cannot exceed 180 attempted hours. 

Graduate students cannot exceed 90 attempted credit hours.

Students in Doctorate or specialized programs requiring additional hours to complete a degree will be held to the standards of that degree or program. The students enrolled in these programs will be reviewed according to their degree or program requirements and must complete them in a timely manner.

Note: Most undergraduate degrees require 120 earned credits to graduate.  If your degree program requires more than 120 hours to graduate, then your eligibility may be adjusted by submitting an appeal.

Student’s SAP is reviewed annually at the end of each spring term once grades have been posted. Cumulative GPA and completion rate is reviewed during this process. The timeframe component is reviewed at the end of each term once credit hours have been posted. Students on Financial Aid probation will be reviewed at the end of each term. Teacher Certification and Teacher Immersion Students will be reviewed at the end of each term.

For details regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, please click here: http://www.fgcu.edu/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/conditions-for-receiving-aid.html

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