Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) - JD Students

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
    JD Students
     

    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to determine if a student is making acceptable progress toward a degree or certificate. At the end of each academic year (at the conclusion of spring semester), a review of a student’s progress is conducted. A student’s failure to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards (for all terms of enrollment) may result in loss of federal aid eligibility.

    Qualitative and Quantitative SAP Standards 

    The following SAP standards must be met:

    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (LGPA) – Qualitative Component

      A student must be in good academic standing to receive federal financial aid. This means that a student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
        
    • Minimum Completion Rate for Attempted Credit Hours – Quantitative Component

      A student must demonstrate progress by earning academic credits at a rate that indicates graduation in a timely manner. A student who is not progressing toward graduation at the defined Completion Rate will not receive federal financial aid regardless of his/her LGPA.

      A student must complete at least 67% of all cumulative attempted credit hours in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.

      Courses repeated for any reason will be counted as attempted credit hours.
        

    Maximum Completion Time 

    Full-time students are expected to complete their educational program within a standard three (3) year time frame. In order to receive federal financial aid, full-time students must complete their degree requirements within four and one-half years.

    Part-time students are expected to complete their educational program within a standard four (4) year timeframe. In order to receive federal financial aid, part-time students must complete their degree requirement within six years.

    This policy adheres to the Maximum Time Frame requirement not to exceed 150% of the published length of the educational program.\

    Financial Aid Warning 

    A student who fails to maintain the cumulative LGPA and/or meet the Minimum Completion Rate is automatically placed on Financial Aid Warning.

    • The student will continue to receive federal financial aid for one payment period/semester (referred to as the warning period).
        
    • If the student is still not making Satisfactory Academic Progress after the financial aid probationary period, he/she will become ineligible for federal financial aid until all SAP standards are successfully met.
        

    Appeal Process for Special Circumstances 

    Any student that does not meet the minimum requirements for SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning payment period/semester will be ineligible for federal financial aid. Students will receive an electronic notification detailing the appeal process for mitigating circumstances. A student has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility if mitigating circumstances occurred during the preceding payment period/semester. The appeal must be received by the Office of Financial Aid prior to the first day of the subsequent academic term. 

    The written appeal should explain any relevant extraordinary circumstances, address the reason(s) for failing to meet the minimum academic requirements, and offer some solution to the problems that affected prior academic performance. Supporting documentation, such as statements from academic advisers, professors, professional health care workers, etc., may also be requested. The appeal will be reviewed by a committee chaired by the Assistant Dean of Admission & Financial Aid. All decisions made by the committee are final. Students will be notified if their appeal is granted or denied via an email to their Capital email account.

    A student that successfully appeals the loss of his/her financial aid termination will be placed on Financial Aid Probation for the following payment period/semester. The student will receive an electronic notification to his/her Capital email address regarding the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards that must be met by the following payment period/semester in order to retain financial aid eligibility. Should the student not meet the SAP standards at the conclusion of the financial aid probation period, he/she will become ineligible for federal financial aid until SAP standards are met.

    Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal and/or institutional rules and regulations.