| Satisfactory Academic Progress|
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Norfolk State University is required by federal regulations to adhere to minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) that relate to a student’s eligibility for federally funded financial aid programs, state and institutional grants, scholarships, employment, and loan programs.
Students must meet minimum satisfactory academic progress standards in order to initially receive and to maintain eligibility for Title IV funds. The satisfactory academic progress standards apply to all students in degree-seeking programs of study who wish to be considered for financial assistance.
Students must complete at least 67% of all courses attempted (for example, 11 credit hours out of 15 credit hours attempted must be passed); and courses that are not considered as "completed", but still count in this measurement are failed (F) courses, incomplete courses (I), dropped courses, and withdrawn courses (W).
Also, students must not exceed 150% of attempted credit hours required to complete the program of study.
Students must attain at least the minimum cumulative grade point average required for the number of credits earned for the academic classification level and must make satisfactory progress towards degree completion by advancing to the next academic classification level. Failure to maintain or meet the minimum cumulative grade point average will result in the cancellation or denial of financial assistance.
It is the student's responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of an advanced cumulative grade point average that meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirement within the allotted time frame for awarding aid for the upcoming term. SAP is reviewed on an annual basis. A student may regain eligibility by attending summer school; however, payment would be the student's responsibility. The minimum grade point average for each classification is indicated below:
The minimum grade point average for each classification is indicated below:
|Academic Classification Level||Total Credit Hours Earned||Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)|
Less than 30 credit hours
1.7 or higher
30-59 credit hours
1.8 or higher
60-89 credit hours
2.0 or higher
90 or more credit hours
2.0 or higher
3.0 or higher
Termination of Aid
Aid will be terminated for any student who does not maintain the minimum quantitative or qualitative measurements. Students not meeting the qualitative and quantitative measurements are encouraged to utilize the Spartan Student Success Center, which offers tutorial and other services to assist in improving a student’s academic standing. The Spartan Student Success Center is located in the James A. Bowser Building, Room 121.
A student enrolling for the first time is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress regardless of prior postsecondary credit hours.
In order to regain financial aid eligibility, students must enroll in classes at their own expense to advance cumulative grade point average to the minimum satisfactory academic standard. After successfully obtaining the minimum satisfactory academic standards according to the classification level, students may be reinstated or considered for financial assistance for the upcoming terms. Aid offered after reinstatement will be awarded for upcoming academic term according to availability of funds at the time of the award offer.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Financial Aid Office of advanced cumulative grade point average that meets the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirement within the allotted time frame for awarding aid for the upcoming term.
The best way to verify income is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) which is part of the FAFSA on the Web www.FAFSA.gov when completing your FAFSA. In most cases, if selected for verification upon using the tool, no further documentation is needed to verify your 2012 IRS income tax return information outside of the verification worksheet as long as the tax return information transferred into the FAFSA using the IRS DRT was not changed.
In most cases, for electronic filers, 2012 IRS income tax return information for the IRS DRT is available within 2-3 weeks after the electronic IRS income tax return has been accepted by the IRS. Generally, for paper filers, the information is available within 8-11 weeks after the paper income tax return has been received by the IRS.
If selected, a student may be required to provide one of the following documents that indicate the student's high school completion status when the student begins college in the 2013-2014 academic year:
- A copy of the student's high school diploma
- A copy of the student's final official high school transcript that shows the date when the diploma was awarded
- A copy of the student's General Educational Development (GED) certificate or GED transcript
- An academic transcript that indicates the student successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's degree
- If State law requires a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for home school (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a copy of that credential
- If State law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a secondary school completion credential for home school (other than a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent), a transcript or the equivalent, signed by the student's parent or guardian, that lists the secondary school courses the student completed and documents the successful completion of a secondary school education in a home school setting