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Rights & Responsibilities - Satisfactory Academic Progress
Applicants must maintain satisfactory progress standards as defined in the University catalog. It is the student's responsibility to read and understand these standards.
The United States Department of Education has mandated that colleges and universities have in place satisfactory progress standards (SAP) that must be met in order for a student to receive Title IV funds (Federal Pell Grants, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Perkins Loans). In addition, the Financial Aid Office uses satisfactory academic progress standards to determine eligibility for FSU grants and Maryland State Scholarship awards. Please make a selection below to review the SAP standards that apply to you.
*New - In addition to the policies listed above, the Financial Aid Office can no longer pay for DVMT classes a second time. If you must re-take a DVMT class you must have at least 12 other credits in addition to that class in order to be considered full-time for financial aid purposes.
*New - In addition to the policies listed above, students can only repeat previously passed courses one additional time and still have the course credits for that class count towards their enrollment for financial aid purposes. Students may repeat courses they fail to pass until the courses are passed. In this instance, passed credits include A, B, C, D, CS, NC, P, and W. In this instance, failed credits are only those courses for which the student receives an F. If you must re-take a class that you have passed more than once, you must have at least 12 other credits in addition to that class in order to be considered full-time for financial aid purposes.
Unofficial withdraws are determined at the end of the semester once grades are posted. Students who cease to attend classes receive a FX as a final grade. Any student who receives a FX grade will be evaluated to see if the last date of an academic activity reported by the instructor is before the 60% point.
Any student who receives all FX grades for a semester, or all FX grades and Ws, will be considered unofficially withdrawn from the university. If the date of unofficial withdrawal is recorded before 60% of the enrollment period has passed, the Financial Aid Office is required by law to perform the Return of Title IV Funds calculation and return a portion of the student's financial aid to the federal programs.
Any student who receives all FX grades for a semester, or all FX grades and Ws, will be ineligible to receive financial aid for the next semester or term. As with any unsatisfactory academic progress, the student has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid. A student wishing to appeal must send a detailed letter along with any relevant supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office.