Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

  • “In order to receive Student Financial Aid under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, a student must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in the course of study that he/she is pursuing.” (Federal Register/Volume 48, No. 195/Thursday, October 6, 1983.) Students must be in compliance with both the university’s Academic Standards Policy and the Financial Aid Sufficient Progress Policy (SAP) to demonstrate satisfactory progress. 

    These Title IV programs include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Parent PLUS Loan.

    A student who is meets the university’s Academic Standards Policy, but who does not meet the Financial Aid SAP qualitative and quantitative standards, may continue in university registration, but will not be eligible to participate in the Federal Title IV aid programs. This happens because the Financial Aid SAP Policy is stricter than the university’s Academic Standards Policy.

    A full statement of requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress for Title IV Federal Student Aid is available at the Financial Aid office and on the website.