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 academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate. Satisfactory progress is evaluated once each year at the end of summer term. Below are the detailed requirements that must be met and a description of the consequences if they are not met. This policy applies to all federal and state aid programs, including Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Federal Work-Study, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Nurse Faculty Loan, and the Nebraska State Grant program. In addition, NMC applies this policy to determine eligibility for Methodist Grant funds.


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

  • 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.
  • Quantitative - Pace of Progress
    All students must successfully complete at least 66.67% of their cumulative attempted credit hours to stay on pace with the Maximum Time Frame requirements.
    • Attempted credits are based on records maintained by the Registrar's Office. Credits recorded on a student's academic transcript as attempted credits are treated as attempted credits for this policy.
    • For credits to be considered successfully completed, the student must have received a passing grade.
    • Transfer credits accepted toward the student's program are included in both the attempted credits and completed credits.
    • Courses for which a student receives a "W", "WF" or "F" will be counted as attempted but not completed.
    • Grades of Incomplete are counted as attempted but not completed. If a student subsequently completes the course requirements and wants to request a recalculation of the percentage of credits completed, he/she must notify the Financial Aid Office.
  • Maximum Time Frame
    All students must complete their program requirements within 150% of the time it normally takes to complete the degree program (as measured in credit hours).

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

  • The 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.
  • The student failed to meet either or both the Qualitative and Quantitative standards at the time of the annual review.
  • The student has attempted 150% of the credits required for the degree program.

Appeal
A student whose financial aid eligibility was terminated may submit an appeal to the Financial Aid Appeals Committee.

  • An appeal must be written or typed and must describe why the student failed to make progress during the past academic year and what has changed in the student's situation that would allow the student to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. In addition, the student must submit a copy of an Academic Development Plan that has been developed with and is signed by the student's advisor.
  • Reasons for an appeal may include: death of a relative, injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstances.

Probationary Period
A student whose appeal is approved will have financial aid eligibility 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 Academic Development Plan by the end of the Probationary Period. A student who fails to make progress under the approved Academic Development Plan will not be allowed to submit another appeal.

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

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

Notification
Students will be sent written notification if their status changes as a result of the SAP evaluation.

Revised 7/18/2014