Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Credit Hour Programs

To receive federal financial aid for attendance at Nebraska Methodist College, students are required to make satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree or certificate. Below is a description of the minimum standards that must be met. These standards do not necessarily coincide with academic program requirements, which must also be met in order to receive aid.

This policy applies to all federal and state aid programs: Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS), Nursing Student Loan, Nurse Faculty Loan, and the Nebraska Opportunity Grant program. NMC also applies this policy to determine eligibility for Methodist Grant funds, but the policy does not apply to NMC scholarships.

Frequency of Review
Satisfactory progress is evaluated annually at the end of summer term.

Measurement Standards
To be considered eligible for the financial aid programs named above, a student must meet all of the following conditions:

1. Qualitative - Grade Point Average

  • Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.
  • Graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2. Quantitative - Pace of Progress
Students must successfully complete (pass) at least two-thirds (66.67%) of cumulative attempted credit hours to stay on pace with the Maximum Time Frame requirements described below.

a. Attempted credits are based on records maintained by the Registrar's Office and include courses for which the student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, NC, S, U, W, WF or WX. Attempted credits do not include audited courses, validation credits, or courses dropped prior to the issuance of a W.

b. Successfully completed credits include those for which the student receives a passing grade (A, B, C, D or S). Courses for which the student receives a grade of F, I, NC, U, W, WF or WX will not be counted as completed.

c. Remedial coursework is treated no differently than other coursework.

d. Repeated courses count multiple times as attempted credits, but only once toward completed credits.

e. Transfer credits accepted by NMC are included in both the attempted credits and completed credits.

f. Grades of Incomplete are counted as attempted but not completed. If the student subsequently completes the course requirements and wants to request a recalculation of the percentage of credits completed, the student must notify the Financial Aid Office.

3. Maximum Time Frame
Students must complete all program requirements within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete the degree program (as measured in credit hours). Example: If the student's program of study requires 126 credits, the student may remain eligible for aid through completion of the degree or until the student has attempted 189 credits, whichever comes first.

a. If the student is enrolled in multiple programs the Maximum Time Frame will be based on the longest program.

b. If the student has changed programs, professional courses applicable to the first program will be excluded from the new program's attempted credit limit unless also required for the new program.

A student's financial aid eligibility will be suspended or terminated if any of the following occurs:

  • Student is enrolled in a program longer than two academic years (i.e. a bachelor's degree program) and does not have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 at the end of the second year.
  • Student failed to meet either or both the Qualitative and Quantitative standards at the time of the annual review.
  • Student has attempted 150% of the credits required for the degree program.  

A student whose financial aid was terminated may submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Reasons for an appeal may include: death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances. At a minimum, an appeal must include the following:

  • A written or typed statement explaining the circumstances contributing to the student's failure to meet the SAP standards, along with the nature and timing of the circumstances;
  • Supporting documentation, as appropriate;
  • A description of what has changed in the student's situation that would allow the student to meet SAP requirements in the future; and
  • An Academic Development Plan (ADP) that has been developed with and is signed by the student's advisor. The ADP must include how the student expects to meet the SAP standards as well as the time frame in which the student expects to be back in compliance with such standards.

Probationary Period
If the student's appeal is approved, his/her financial aid eligibility will be reinstated on a Probationary basis for one semester. The student may continue to receive financial aid during this Probationary Period but must meet the regular SAP standards or be making progress under an approved ADP by the end of the Probationary Period. If the student fails to make progress under the approved ADP the student will not be allowed to submit another appeal.

Re-establishing Eligibility
If the student's appeal is denied or has failed to make progress during the Probationary Period, the student may re-establish his/her financial aid eligibility after meeting the following conditions:

  • Enroll at student's own expense until both the Quantitative and Qualitative SAP standards are met, while not exceeding the Maximum Time Frame.

Students will be sent written notification if his/her status changes as a result of the SAP evaluation.

Updated: March 2016