The federal government requires students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of their degrees within the government’s designated reasonable period of time in order to be eligible for Title IV financial aid. These federal aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loans (all types), and the Federal Direct Plus Loan.
Manhattan College conducts an annual review of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for each student enrolled to determine student eligibility for federal aid. Students are evaluated at the close of the Spring term.
SAP is reviewed in three measures (1) Qualitative, (2) Quantitative (also known as Pace), and (3) Maximum Time Frame
The qualitative standard is the cumulative grade point average. This measure requires that as the number of attempted credit hours increases with class standing, the GPA increases.
|Attempted Credits + Transfer Credits||Cumulative GPA|
|1 – 26||1.8|
All grades attempted will be considered. These include courses passed, courses failed, courses from which student withdrew officially or unofficially, repeated courses*.
There will be a measure of “pace” at which the student is progressing. This is calculated by dividing the cumulative credit hours earned by the cumulative credit hours attempted. SAP is maintained if the student is achieving the appropriate GPA and the “pace” measure is equal to 67% or higher and the student has not reached the 150% maximum time frame allowed for their degree program.
Students are eligible for federal financial aid if they have attempted below 150% of the hours required to complete their degree program. Determine the total credit hours required for your degree and multiply that figure by 1.50. (Example: If 120 hours are required to complete the degree, then multiply 120 hours x 1.50 = 180. The maximum allowable attempted hours for the degree program is 180.)
Unlimited repeated courses can be funded with federal aid if the student has not passed the course previously while at Manhattan.
Only one repeated course can be funded with federal aid if the student has previously completed the course with a passing grade.
Students are notified at the conclusion of the Spring semester of any failure to meet federal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. At the time of the review, students will be placed in an initial category of ‘Good Standing’ or ‘Revoke.’ Good standing designates the student has met progress standards and is eligible for aid for the following academic year. Revoke designates the student has not met SAP standards and is no longer eligible to receive aid for the upcoming aid year. If a student fails to achieve satisfactory academic progress at that time, the institution cannot award and disburse future financial aid to the student.
Students who do not meet SAP have two options – (a) attend at their own expense without the use of Title IV funding and work towards regaining eligibility or (b) make a SAP appeal to Student Financial Services.
Students denied federal financial aid for failing to make satisfactory academic progress may appeal by submitting the following forms (and any requested, additional documentation) to Student Financial Services:
If the appeal is approved, the student will be re-categorized as ‘Probation’ which means aid eligibility will be extended for one semester only. Students on probation status will have their eligibility reviewed again after that initial term, in accordance with the terms of their approved Academic Plan. If after the probationary term a student fails to meet the terms of the plan they will be ineligible for student aid. Students in this situation cannot have federal financial aid reinstated and have already submitted an appeal during the prior term, thus, exhausting their right to appeal. Resolution of all deficiencies is the only mechanism through which a student may again be considered eligible for federal financial aid.
If the appeal is denied, students are not eligible to receive federal aid and can choose to attend at their own expense.
The appeal decision of SFS if final and cannot be overridden.
Students must submit a SAP Appeal Form with documentation to the SFS Office and attach the SAP Academic Plan form after is completed and signed by the student and academic advisor. Students will be contacted if more information is requested. The appeal decision will be emailed to the student’s email address
The SAP Appeal Form will request supportive documentation to help support the following claimed circumstances: family illness or death, personal illness or serious injury, or other unusual mitigating circumstances. The SAP Academic Plan must include: specific outcomes of how SAP can be established and maintained, a list of courses needed, and certification by the student and advisor.