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, you must meet 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
    You must successfully complete (pass) at least two-thirds (66.67%) of your cumulative attempted credit hours to stay on pace with the Maximum Time Frame requirements described below.
    • Attempted credits are based on records maintained by the Registrar's Office and include courses for which you receive 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.
    • Successfully completed credits include those for which you receive a passing grade (A, B, C, D or S). Courses for which you receive a grade of F, I, NC, U, W, WF or WX will not be counted as completed.
    • Remedial coursework is treated no differently than other coursework.
    • Repeated courses count multiple times as attempted credits, but only once toward completed credits.
    • Transfer credits accepted by NMC are included in both the attempted credits and completed credits.
    • Grades of Incomplete are counted as attempted but not completed. If you subsequently complete the course requirements and want to request a recalculation of the percentage of credits completed, you must notify the Financial Aid Office.
  • Maximum Time Frame
    You 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 your program requires 126 credits you may remain eligible for aid through completion of the degree or until you have attempted 189 credits, whichever comes first.
    • If you are enrolled in multiple programs the Maximum Time Frame will be based on the longest program.
    • If you have 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. 

Your financial aid eligibility will be suspended or terminated if any of the following occurs:

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

If your financial aid eligibility was terminated, you 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 your 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 your situation that would allow you to meet SAP requirements in the future; and
  • An Academic Development Plan (ADP) that has been developed with and is signed by your advisor. The ADP must include how you expect to meet the SAP standards as well as the time frame in which you expect to be back in compliance with such standards.

Probationary Period
If your appeal is approved your financial aid eligibility will be reinstated on a Probationary basis for one semester. You 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 you fail to make progress under the approved ADP you will not be allowed to submit another appeal.

Re-establishing Eligibility
If your appeal is denied or you have failed to make progress during the Probationary Period you may re-establish your financial aid eligibility after meeting the following conditions:

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

You will be sent written notification if your status changes as a result of the SAP evaluation.

Revised 6/30/2015