Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress SSGPublished in April 2017 for the 2017-18 program year.   

This self-study guide provides an overview of satisfactory academic progress (SAP) concepts and guides the learner through evaluating SAP, appeals, and additional policy considerations. Quick quizzes, learning activities, and reflection questions help reinforce content and help individuals understand SAP. Completion of this self-study guide qualifies individuals to take the NASFAA University credential exam on satisfactory academic progress.

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Learning Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction to Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Understand foundational concepts of satisfactory academic progress; and
  • Know about satisfactory academic progress consumer information requirements.

Lesson 2: Evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress 

  • Frequency of SAP evaluations and school options;
  • How to evaluate the quantitative and qualitative components of SAP; and
  • The consequences of a student not meeting SAP standards. 

Lesson 3: SAP Appeals, Probation, and Academic Plans

  • School options related to SAP appeals, financial aid probation, and academic plans;
  • Circumstances and conditions under which a student may appeal a SAP determination and the elements which must be included in a SAP appeal;
  • Requirements of the financial aid probation status and academic plans; and
  • Requirements related to regaining eligibility after failing to maintain SAP. 

Lesson 4: Additional SAP Policy Elements 

  • Understand the additional elements which must be incorporated into a SAP policy.

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