Satisfactory Academic Progress

NU - Online Course Icon Class starts: May 2, 2016

Cost: $299 per registrant (members and non-members).



This course provides an overview of the required and optional elements of an institutional satisfactory academic progress policy. Learning topics focus on calculating pace, student appeals, the impact of transfer credits, and the use of academic plans. Presentations, discussion topics, and homework assignments reinforce key course concepts. A credential is provided after successfully completing and passing the credential test, which is available at the conclusion of the course and included in your course fee.

NASFAA University courses are 100% online with an asynchronous focus, meaning the individual attendee can log on anytime/anyplace (assuming they have Internet access) and participate in course requirements – naturally there are due dates they will need to adhere to, i.e. weekly assignments that must be completed. There are also weekly synchronous class meetings held one night per week at 6pm ET (schedule to be released soon). However, these “live” classes are optional and recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While there will be no grade reductions for students that do not attend these live classes, we do encourage attendance to due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses.

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational presentations
  • Complete learning assignments and quizzes
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators 

Course Outline

  • Week 1
    • Introduction tSAP
    • SAP Components and Evaluation Standards
    • Quantitative Standards
    • Qualitative Standard
  • Week 2
    • Frequency of Evaluation
    • Financial Aid Warning
    • Financial Aid Probation
    • Academic Plans
    • Appeals
    • Restoring Eligibility
  • Week 3
    • Effects of Repeated Coursework
    • Auditing and Pass/Fail Courses
    • Withdrawals, Nonattendance, and Incomplete Grades
    • Nonremedial and Enrichment Courses
    • English and a Second Language (ESL) Courses
    • Consortium Credits
    • Multiple Degrees and Double Majors
    • Transfer Credits
    • Change of Program
  • Week 4
    • Consumer Information
    • School's Policy for New and Continuing Students
    • Academic Amnesty
    • Retaking Program
    • Distribution of Policy tNew and Continuing Students
    • Policies and Procedures

Course Facilitators

/uploadedImages/System/Images/Staff_Photos/Amanda_Sharp.pngAmanda Sharp is the Online Instruction Manager at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Amanda joined NASFAA in 2013. Her primary responsibilities at NASFAA involve the management of NASFAA's online instruction programs including NASFAA webinars, NASFAA-U, and NASFAA Learning Bytes. In addition to those duties, she also takes part in updating NASFAA Student Aid Index, NASFAA publications, writing and presenting NASFAA training materials and webinars, instructing facilitated online courses, and responding to questions regarding regulatory issues through NASFAA’s AskRegs program. Amanda received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of North Alabama. Amanda began her career in financial aid in 2007 at the University of North Alabama.

David FutrellDavid Futrell began his career in financial aid in 1991 as a graduate assistant at The College of William and Mary, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Since 2000, he has been with NASFAA serving as a Training Specialist and providing training and regulatory assistance to financial aid colleagues. His training experience includes in-person classroom training, online facilitated instruction, webinars, and Web-based course design. He has also served as a nonfederal trainer with the U.S. Department of Education. Before joining NASFAA, he served as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at The University of Vermont and both Associate and Acting Director of Financial Aid at American University.

Cancellation Policy

We limit our online class size to ensure that we provide an effective, collaborative learning environment where participants receive experience and attention they need. Requests to cancel must be sent to

By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:

  • $25 cancellation fee before April 29, 2016
  • $50 cancellation fee April 29 - May 1, 2016 

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET May 2, 2016, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.

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