The school is a community college offering associate degrees. The school has been considering changes to their satisfactory academic progress (SAP) based on an environmental scan of other college practices. They have found some community colleges’ maximum time frame for SAP appeal policies state that if a student is returning to study another major within the original associate degree program (AS, AA, or AGS), the student cannot receive additional Title IV Aid for those courses. Is this an accurate reflection of the regulations? If a student at our school completes an associate of science (AS) in math, but comes back for an AS in theater, would the student be ineligible for Title IV aid?
No, the student would be eligible in this circumstance. Please see page 66887 of the preamble discussion in the Federal Register on 10/29/10 (top of the first column). The maximum time frame applies to a student's current program of study. For the student in your scenario, the credits already earned which now also count toward the student's current program would be counted. The maximum time frame is then established based on the remainder of credits needed for the student's current program of study.
You can find more information about Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the Student Aid Reference Desk.
Publication Date: 5/17/2022