Minimum Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients
Note: This standard became effective fall semester 2011
I. Qualitative Measure – Cumulative Grade Point Average
Students are required to maintain a minimum financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Grade Point Average (SAP GPA). WSU and consortium agreement credits are used to compute the SAP GPA. Please refer to Section VIII D below for a description of consortium agreement credits.
A. Undergraduate Students
A graduate student with the following number of WSU attempted credits at the end of a semester must have at least the minimum listed SAP GPA
1+ Graduate Credit 3.00 minimum SAP GPA.
II. Quantitative Measure – Percentage of Credits Completed
A. Required Completion Percentage
66.66% cumulative completion rate for all credits attempted, including developmental coursework (English 099 and Math 050) and credits accepted in transfer, once 5 WSU credits have been attempted.
To measure the Required Completion Percentage:
B. Maximum Time Frame
Students may not exceed the maximum number of attempted credits listed below and continue to receive financial aid (these include credits earned at WSU and credits accepted from other institutions):
Undergraduate Student: May not exceed 180 attempted credits.
III. Evaluation Period
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each semester including the summer term.
IV. Failure to Meet Standards
Warning for Failure to Meet Standards
At the end of each semester including summer term a warning notice is sent via the WSU e-mail account to students who were in good standing and no longer meet the standards.
At the end of each semester including summer term, a notice of suspension is sent via the WSU e-mail account to students who were on warning and do not meet the standards.
When the cumulative standards are met the student automatically returns to a status of good standing.
Aid cannot be reinstated for a semester in which the student is academically ineligible.
VIII. Additional Elements
A. Treatment of grades
WSU courses receiving grades of A, B, C, D, F, W (withdrawal), P (pass), NC (no-credit), I (incomplete), IP (in progress), Z (no grade reported), HA (Honors) and HB (Honors) are considered to be credits attempted for purposes of monitoring the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standard.
WSU courses, which receive grades A, B, C, D, P, HA and HB are counted as satisfactorily completed for purposes of monitoring the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standard.
B. Academic Pardon
Credits for which students have been granted academic pardon (“academic forgiveness,” “fresh start,” etc.) shall be recorded and retained in the Student Data System in such a way that they will be included in both the qualitative and quantitative measurement of financial aid satisfactory academic progress.
C. Audited Courses
D. Consortium Credits
Credits for which financial aid is received under a consortium agreement are recorded in the Student Data system to be included in cumulative GPA, completion percentage, and maximum time-frame calculations as transfer credits.
E. Remedial Credits
Classes in this category are considered attempted for purposes of monitoring the Required Completion Percentage. Up to 30 remedial credits are excluded from the Maximum Time Frame calculation.
F. Repeated Courses
When a student repeats a course, only the last grade received and credits earned are counted in the grade point average and as earned credits for this standard. However, the credits are considered to be attempted each time the course is taken. For financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress there is no limit on the number of times a single course may be repeated, however a student shall not be permitted to receive financial aid for more than one repetition of a previously passed course.
G. Transfer Credits
Transfer credits accepted by WSU are counted as credits attempted for calculation of cumulative completion percentage. Grades associated with these credits are not used in calculating cumulative GPA. Transfer credits accepted by WSU apply toward the Maximum Time Frame calculation.
If a student withdraws from the University before financial aid disbursement, the student does not receive any aid since no progress has been made toward a degree. The student must pay expenses from his or her own funds. Standard University refund policies and procedures are followed when a student withdraws from the institution for any reason during the term after student aid has been disbursed. Withdrawal credits are considered credits attempted for purposes of monitoring the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standard.
Effective starting fall semester 2011