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Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Recipients

Students receiving financial aid must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards the completion of course requirements for an associate degree, technical diploma or eligible certificate. Students can only receive financial aid for classes that are required or prepare them for success (remedial courses) in their program area. All periods of enrollment and applicable credits are included even if the student did not receive financial aid for them. To be considered making SAP at Nicolet Area Technical College (NATC) a student must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement:

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Remedial credits will be considered in GPA. For repeat coursework, the highest grade received will be considered.

2. Completion Rate Percentage Requirement:

A student must successfully complete 67% of all credits attempted. This is a cumulative percentage. Credits attempted is defined as the total credits you are enrolled in (including remedial, repeated courses, withdrawals, incompletes and transfer credits) even if you did not receive aid for them.

3. Maximum Time Frame Requirement:

Students must complete an associate degree, technical diploma or eligible certificate before 150% of credits required for graduation are attempted. (Example: If an associate degree requires 60 credits, a student must complete the degree before 90 credits have been attempted.) Students are ineligible for aid at the point when they cannot mathematically complete their program within the 150% time frame.

Remedial Courses: A student admitted to an eligible program may take up to one academic year’s worth of remedial non-program credits to be included in the evaluation of a student’s SAP.

Repeated Coursework: Once a student has received a passing grade in a course, they can only receive financial aid for one more attempt at attaining a better grade. All repeats will be included in credits attempted but only the highest grade will be included in GPA and completed credits.

Evaluation: Financial aid recipient’s satisfactory progress is evaluated after the completion of each semester or payment period.

Financial Aid Warning: If the student does not meet the above standards, they will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for one semester so they can get back in good standing while still maintaining their financial aid. During this warning semester, the student must meet the standards at the end of the term or they will be placed on financial aid suspension.

Financial Aid Suspension: If a student does not meet the above standards after the warning semester, they will be placed on financial aid suspension and become ineligible to receive future financial aid until they meet the SAP requirements. If there are extenuating circumstances, students may appeal for reinstatement for their next semester of attendance.

Appeal Process: Students who believe their circumstances merit reconsideration may appeal their suspension by submitting a Financial Aid Appeal Form obtained from Financial Aid. The appeal requires students to explain why they failed to meet the standards and what has changed that will allow them to meet these standards during the next term. Appeals cannot be based on a need for aid or lack of knowledge of the warning status. An appeal must be based on an unusual situation or condition which prevented the student from being successful (i.e. illness, injury, etc.). Documentation may be required. Appeals are heard by the Financial Aid Advisory Committee (FAAC) on a monthly basis. Students will be notified by mail of the appeal’s decision and conditions they must meet regardless of the success of their appeal.

Financial Aid Probation: Students whose appeal is approved will be placed on financial aid probation. After completing an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) with their Academic Advisor, they may receive funds for one payment period. The college may also require them to fulfill specific terms and conditions such as taking reduced course loads or enrolling in specific courses. At the end of the one probationary period, the student must meet SAP and the conditions of their appeal to be eligible for further aid.

Students that are on probation but will not be able to meet the SAP standards at the end of the term but have met the conditions of their appeal and their AIP will be required to re-appeal and meet with their Academic Advisor to update their AIP. This plan must ensure that the student will be able to meet SAP within a specific time frame.

Students who appealed but have not met SAP and the conditions of their appeal, who had their appeal denied or who chose not to appeal may continue their enrollment (unless on Academic Suspension) but will not receive aid and must self-pay until they meet the SAP standards of this policy or have a successful appeal decision.

If a student decides to change programs after one semester, they must meet with their Academic Advisor to complete an AIP and contact the Director of Financial Aid to get approval for the program change. If a student decides to change programs after this time period, they must appeal with the FACC for future funding. If the student adds a second program, they must appeal to FACC for additional funding and must complete an AIP with their Academic Advisor which will include completion plans before additional funding can be awarded.