Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, students must be making satisfactory academic progress, both in quality and quantity, to qualify for, and continue to receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid.  The satisfactory academic progress standards for federal financial aid recipients at Valdosta State University are as follows:

Undergraduate Students:

Qualitative:

 

All students are expected to maintain the financial aid academic progress standards outlined in the Official Bulletin for Valdosta State University. Any student who fails to meet the 2.0 GPA required for graduation will be placed on financial aid warning, but, will continue to be eligible for financial aid. After a subsequent semester of enrollment, those students who were previously placed on financial aid warning and continue not to meet the required 2.0 GPA will be placed on financial aid suspension and no longer be eligible for financial aid assistance.

Quantitative:

1. At Valdosta State University the maximum time frame allowed is 150% of semester hours required to earn the degree. For example, if you are pursuing a degree which requires 120 hours, you will not receive financial aid after you have attempted 180 hours without receiving a degree.

2. A student must successfully complete 67% of the courses for which he/she registers at Valdosta State University. The grades of A, B, C, D or S count as successful completion of a course. The grades of F, W, WP, WF, WY, WH, I, IP, U, NR, NC, or V do not count as successful completion of a course. At the end of each Semester, those students who have not successfully completed 67% of their courses in which they have enrolled will be placed on financial aid warning and will continue to be eligible for financial aid. After the subsequent semester of enrollment, those students who have already been placed on financial aid warning and continue not to meet the quantitative minimums, will be placed on financial aid suspension and not be eligible for financial aid assistance.

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Graduate Students:

All graduate students are expected to maintain the academic standards outlined in the Official Graduate Bulletin for VSU. Graduate students must not be dismissed from their program of study and must maintain a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 to be eligible for financial aid.

Remedial Coursework:

No student may receive financial aid for more than 30 semester hours of remedial course work, which includes all College Preparatory Curriculum and Learning Support courses.

Monitoring of SAP:

Qualitative and quantitative academic requirements will be checked at the end of each semester, and at the time the student applies for financial aid. Students who apply during the academic year will have their academic progress status checked before an award is made.

Summer Semester: 

Courses taken during a Summer Semester are treated as any other semester and are counted in the maximum hours attempted to obtain a degree and GPA and are considered in the 67% rate requirement along with the following fall and spring semesters.

Transfer Students:

 Until transfer credits from other institutions are accepted, students will be treated as incoming freshmen for the initial disbursement of aid. All grades, including transfer courses accepted from prior schools, will be used to determine the qualitative SAP grade point average and all courses in academic history, including transfer credits from prior schools, will be included as attempted and earned hours for quantitative SAP calculations when evaluating financial aid eligibility.

Repetition of Courses, Remedial Coursework, Withdrawals and Incompletes: 

Students should be careful in repeating courses as all attempts at a course are counted in the maximum hours allowed to obtain a degree. Students are also reminded that withdrawing from a course does not count as successful completion and does not count toward the required 67% completion rate.  Incompletes also do not count as the successful completion of a course and excessive incompletes can result in the termination of financial aid. A student can receive financial aid for no more than 30 hours of remedial course work (including Learning Support courses and CPC courses); however, students who are required to take remedial course work will be eligible to have their maximum time frame extended by the number of remedial hours taken, up to a maximum of 30 hours.

REINSTATEMENT OF AID (Pending Availability):

  1. A student terminated from aid for failure to maintain the required Cumulative 2.0 GPA or compete 67% of attempted courses may apply for reinstatement once they have earned a 2.0 GPA and are in compliance with the 67% pace of completion.
  2. A student terminated from aid for failure to exit Learning Support may apply for reinstatement of aid when he/she has exited Learning Support may apply for reinstatement of aid when he/she has exited Learning Support.

Appeals:

 Any student wishing to appeal may do so by filling out a Satisfactory Progress Petition and presenting it to the Office of Financial Aid, along with any supporting documentation.  The Financial Aid Office staff may take into consideration illness or death in the immediate family or any other extenuating circumstances. The student will be notified in writing, of their decision.

A student wishing to appeal the decision of the Office of Financial Aid may do so, in writing to the Student Financial Aid Committee.

Academic Renewal:

The US Department of Education does not recognize academic amnesty or academic renewal in relation to financial aid satisfactory academic progress.  VSU is required to include all courses and grades in evaluating a student’s satisfactory academic progress.  However, if there were special circumstances involved VSU may be able to approve an academic appeal and place a student on probation or an academic plan.