Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to receive Federal Student Aid. According to Federal Regulations, students who fail to make satisfactory progress towards their degree or certificate will lose their ability to receive Federal Student Aid.
Students who lose their aid may appeal the loss provided there are mitigating circumstances that inhibited their academic progress. If mitigating circumstances do not exist, students may take classes at their own expense to demonstrate improvement for a future appeal. To otherwise restore eligibility, students must achieve the grade point average (GPA) and completion rate as defined in the policy.
AAU applies this regulation to ALL students, not just those who are receiving Financial Aid.
AAU evaluates Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of each semester. A semester is defined as a 16-week period of academic study. The requirements of each criterion are discussed in detail below and must be met. The University provides written notification to notify a student who is failing to achieve SAP standards.
CGPA is the qualitative measure of SAP, meaning that it measures the quality of the grades that each student earns in their courses. Evaluation occurs at the end of each semester as demonstrated in the sample segments listed in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Progression Table. Only credits completed at AAU with a final grade of A through F are included in the CGPA calculation.
To meet SAP requirements students must maintain a CGPA of 2.0. Students who fail to meet CGPA requirements have failed to meet SAP requirements and will be put on Warning.
All students who receive federal financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act are required to complete their program of study within 150% of the published length of the program. The following maximum time frames apply to each academic program:
Any student notified of academic dismissal may appeal the decision based on mitigating circumstances that explain the unsatisfactory academic performance. Students must demonstrate a likelihood of success if allowed to continue at Allied American University. To appeal an academic dismissal, a student must submit a typed petition to the Registrar within seven days of notification of dismissal. The appeal should be a concise narrative with supporting documents. The appeal will be forwarded to the Appeals Committee for consideration. The Appeals Committee will recommend a decision to the Registrar’s Office. All decisions by the Appeals Committee are final.
If the appeal for dismissal is approved, the student will be permitted to continue coursework at Allied American University under an academic status of Probation. The student will be required to sign and adhere to an Academic Plan while on probation.
If the appeal is not approved, the dismissal status will remain. A student who is academically dismissed is ineligible to continue enrollment and may not be readmitted before the lapse of at least one 16-week semester and additional appeal. If the appeal is approved the student will return under the academic status of Probation and must adhere to an Academic Plan.
Traditionally students must demonstrate their ability to be academically successful by successfully completing a semester of coursework at an accredited institution. A student would then appeal to return through the Office of the Registrar and the appeal would need to be reviewed by the Appeals Committee.
Conditions returning after the appeal of the dismissal for unsatisfactory progress will be established by the Appeals Committee on an individual basis and will be provided to the student upon notification of the approval.
Based on the conditions provided, a student would appeal to return through the Office of the Registrar. The appeal would need to be reviewed by the appropriate administrative body to ensure conditions have been successfully met.
If the student is permitted to return from a dismissal from probation status their academic standing would be Extended Enrollment. The student must follow an Academic Plan set forth by the administration. Students on Extended Enrollment are not eligible for Financial Aid until SAP has been met.
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