Federal regulations require Midway College to establish Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for student financial aid recipients. These standards measure a student’s performance in the following three areas: completion rate, cumulative grade point average (GPA), and maximum time frame. Academic progress will be reviewed at the end of the spring semester each year by the Financial Aid Office, and any student not meeting the requirements will no longer be eligible for financial aid. Students will be notified of the suspension in writing if they fail to meet SAP standards.
The SAP standards apply for all financial assistance programs including Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Direct Student Loans (Stafford and PLUS), as well as assistance from the state and the institution. A student who does not meet the standards is no longer eligible for financial aid until such standards are met, or until eligibility has been reestablished through a successful appeal; however, financial aid suspension does not preclude a student from enrolling in subsequent semesters.
Complete appeal instructions can be found in the SAP Policy.
To appeal financial aid suspension for unsatisfactory completion rate and/or GPA a student must, within 14 calendar days of notification, submit to the Financial Aid Office a signed and dated letter of appeal explaining why he or she should not be suspended. A student may appeal due to extraordinary circumstances, and documentation verifying the situation must be provided. The letter of appeal must also incorporate a plan for success that includes how the student’s situation has changed and that details specific actions that will allow the student to demonstrate academic progress at the next evaluation. The Director of Financial Aid will review all appeals and may refer cases to the SAP Appeals Committee when appropriate. The student will be notified in writing of the outcome of the appeal.
NOTE: Students appealing financial aid suspension due to exceeding maximum time frame requirements must appeal by submitting the SAP APPEAL – MAXIMUM TIME FRAME FORM