Federal law requires all students who receive financial aid to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward their degree. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal financial aid for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time. This policy affects federal, state and NMU institutional financial aid eligibility. Students at Northern Michigan University must meet the following three standards:
Attempted hours include credit hours successfully completed as well as credit hours for which students receive non-passing grades (F or U), credit hours from which students withdraw (W) and credit hours that are not yet finished (I, X, MG). Classes that a student passes and repeats count as earned only once, but all credit hours, including the repeated class, are considered as attempted. Remedial classes count in both attempted and earned hours calculations even though the credits may not apply toward the completion of their degree requirement. Transfer credit hours that are accepted toward a student’s educational program count as both attempted and earned credit hours.
Students who regain financial aid eligibility by meeting the appropriate standards (meeting or exceeding 67% completion standard and attaining academic good standing) should notify the Financial Aid Office. In these cases, the student will not be required to file an appeal to the Financial Aid Office to have their eligibility reinstated. Also, if the Financial Aid Office identifies that a student is again meeting the standards then no appeal will be necessary.
If special circumstances such as illness, injury, the death of a family member or other extenuating circumstances prevent the student from meeting these requirements, the termination of eligibility can be appealed to the SAP Appeal Committee.
As part of the appeal process, students will be required to explain why they have failed to meet SAP, and what has changed in the student’s situation that would allow the student to demonstrate SAP at the next evaluation. Supporting documentation of circumstances must be included with appeals. Appeal approvals are not applied retroactively after a semester has concluded.
Appeal approvals may include financial aid probation or require an academic plan to place the student on track for successful program completion. Financial aid probation appeal approvals will allow students one more semester of financial aid eligibility, while academic plans would be required if the student is conditionally approved for subsequent academic periods.
Appeals approved by Admissions and Academic Policies Committee (AAPC) or the Graduate Program Committee (GPC) for students suspended or dismissed under the Grade Point Average standard will be accepted as approved for financial aid eligibility. If an undergraduate student does not successfully appeal the length of their suspension and returns to NMU after the conclusion of their one year suspension period, they must successfully appeal through the Financial Aid Office to again receive financial aid.Understanding NMU's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
VIDEO: Overview of SAP