SJU Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy
Saint Joseph's University is required by federal regulation to apply qualitative and quantitative standards in measuring academic progress for financial aid purposes. These standards apply to all students who receive institutional, state and federal Title IV and Title VII funds administered by the university. Federal Title IV programs include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized and PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.
Saint Joseph's has established the following criteria in conjunction with federal regulation published on October 6, 1993, Federal Register Part 668.16 and in the Higher Education Amendments of 1986. New rules for SAP became effective July 1, 2011, and are in effect for periods of enrollment beginning August 24, 2011. Progress will be evaluated annually after the spring semester and termination is effective for the next term of enrollment. Notification of termination will be sent electronically to the student's Saint Joseph's email address.
I. Qualitative Standards of Academic Progress
Financial aid recipients are governed by the performance standards of the school in which they are enrolled.
II. Quantitative Standards of Academic Progress (PACE)
Students must complete their academic programs and receive their degrees within a maximum time frame to continue receiving Title IV financial aid. Listed below if the maximum number of credits (including AP, test, and transfer credits) a student may attempt toward degree completion. At the point it is determined that students are unable to complete the program within the required maximum time frame, they will receive notification that they are no longer eligible to receive Title IV financial aid. In addition, students who have completed their academic program requirements but have not conferred (taken) a degree will be notified they are ineligible for Title IV aid.
In addition, the following quantitative standards must be met:
Undergraduate - Students must earn 67% of their cumulative credits attempted
Graduate - Students must earn 75% of their cumulative credits attempted
III. Failure to Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
Quantitative (Pace) and Qualitative
Effective July 1, 2011, SAP "warning" status has been eliminated by federal regulation. A students who fails SAP after the spring evaluation cannot enter a "warning" status and receive aid for the subsequent fall term. A student who fails SAP has the option to "appeal". See Section IV for Appeal procedures and requirements.
If a student in an ineligible status receives aid, full repayment will be required of all funds received, excluding employment earnings. A student working under the Federal Work Study program will have his/her employment terminated. When a student has made satisfactory progress as outlined above after a particular term at Saint Joseph's at his/her own expense, the student must provide Hawk Central with a final grade report. The student will then be reinstated to an eligible status.
IV. Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Procedures
Student must complete the Appeal form and forward to the appropriate College advisor for completion. The basis of your appeal may include, but is not limited to, the following extenuating circumstances: personal injury or illness, family difficulties, interpersonal problems, death of student's relative.