Pop Quiz – Is Satisfactory Academic Progress Reset for a Transfer Student?


School A has a student who withdrew and enrolled at another school for a year. The student then returns to School A. Does the student return under the same satisfactory academic progress, status or can the school start fresh?


No. The student's SAP status is not reset. Academic amnesty is not allowed for SAP purposes, nor is sitting out a term or paying for one's own classes sufficient to establish eligibility for aid. See pages 1-16 and 1-17 of the 2018-19 FSA Handbook.

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Publication Date: 7/24/2019

Doug A | 8/1/2019 6:10:34 PM

Hi Donna, you can take into consideration any coursework transferred from school B to calculate the student's new SAP status, but you cannot just reset. You can reset, however if the student is entering in a different category (undergrad before, now in a graduate program, for example).

Allie B | 7/25/2019 10:22:15 AM

Hi Donna, That's a great question! However, there are many things that factor into the answer. If you submit a question through AskRegs, someone will get back to you.

Donna P | 7/24/2019 9:43:58 AM

Just for clarification -- the student returns to school A with the same SAP status; however, eligibility can be reviewed and SAP recalculated based on coursework taken at the other school, correct? Thank you -- love the Pop Quiz feature!

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