Satisfactory Academic Progress

University of North Alabama Student Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Effective August 21, 2019


Qualitative and Quantitative Components

  • Hours Completed/Hours Attempted Comparison- Students must complete at least 67% of all coursework, including institutional AND transfer hours (completion rate or pace). Pace= total hours completed/ total hours attempted.
  • Incompletes, course failures, withdrawals, repeat/recomputed coursework, repeated coursework will affect completion percentage rate (See chart below).
GradeCourse Registration StatusCounted in Attempted Credit HoursCounted in Earned Credit HoursCounted in GPA Calculation
A, B, C, D RE, RW YES YES YES
F YES NO YES
NC YES NO NO
I, IP YES NO NO
S YES YES NO
U YES NO NO
W, WP, WF YES NO NO
WD, WS, WU YES NO NO
Non-credit course (audit) NO NO NO
Repeat/Recomputed course YES (each course counts twice) YES (only the repeated course counts here) Only the repeated course grade counts
Second Chance Provision *Notify SFA if you plan to apply for Second Chance Provision
Repeated course (grade of C, D or F) *Please refer to current UNA catalog
Repeated course (grade of A or B) *Please refer to current UNA catalog
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)- Students must meet the university's minimum academic GPA requirement for the student's respective academic class level. The institutional GPA minimums are as follows:
Freshman (0-29 earned hours) 1.60
Sophomore (30-59 earned hours) 1.85
Junior (60-80 earned hours) 1.95
Senior (90+ earned hours) 2.00
  • Maximum Time Frame- Student financial aid is available for up to 150% of the number of hours required to complete degree requirements. Students are allowed a maximum of 172 hours to complete first undergraduate degree requirements; an additional 45 hours is allowed to complete graduate requirements. Students are allowed a maximum of 216 hours to complete a second undergraduate degree (combination of first and second undergraduate degree hours).
  • Changing Majors- Students who change majors during the academic year are strongly encouraged not to withdraw from any classes as they must complete 67% of all hours attempted. Students who change majors or degree programs are at risk of exceeding the maximum timeframe allotment before obtaining a degree. Students who are considering dropping classes in order to change majors should talk to Student Financial Aid first.
  • Repeat Courses- All repeated courses and their grades will be included in the 67% and 150% totals. (See Repeat/Recompute in chart for additional information).
  • Incomplete Courses- Students must notify Student Financial Aid when a final grade is received.
  • Additional Bachelor’s Degree- Students pursuing a subsequent bachelor’s degree will be eligible for an additional 45 hours of eligibility after earning their first undergraduate degree. The 67% completion standard still applies.
  • Academic Re-Admission- University approval of Academic Re-Admission does not take the place of Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. A student that has been readmitted to the university may not be eligible for Title IV federal student aid.

Frequency of Evaluations and Student Notification

Students must meet ALL requirements (completion rate, GPA and timeframe) in order to be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress will be checked at the end of each academic period of enrollment (Fall, Spring and Summer).
  • Students will be notified via UNA Portal email and Self-Service if they have not met the eligibility requirements for Title IV Federal Student Aid.
  • The Student Financial Aid Office will cancel any Title IV Federal Student Aid that has been previously awarded to a student if that student is not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Loss and Reinstatement of Title IV Federal Aid Eligibility

  • Students not making Satisfactory Academic Progress will be placed on financial aid warning following the first semester in which they fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements. If the student is meeting the completion rate and GPA requirements at the end of the financial aid warning semester, the student will be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid for the next payment period, with the exception of those students who are over maximum timeframe. Students who fail to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the financial aid warning period of enrollment will be suspended from Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility.
  • To regain Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility, students must improve their completion percentage rate and/or GPA by taking courses paid for without the benefit of Title IV Federal Student Aid. Note-Students cannot take additional courses to improve maximum timeframe. Title IV Federal Student Aid can also be temporarily reinstated through the successful approval of an appeal.

Appeals of Loss of Eligibility

  • Students may appeal the loss of Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility by submitting a written or electronic appeal once a semester. The deadline to submit an appeal is the first day of class for the given semester. Appeals may take up to 2 weeks to process.
  • Students should cite the mitigating factors that impacted their academic performance in the respective semester(s) of poor academic performance as well as the dates of these occurrences.
  • Acceptable appeal criteria include (but are not limited to) the following: death of a student’s relative, injury or illness of the student, or other special circumstance warranting reconsideration of the student’s Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility.
  • The student SHOULD NOT address financial need or the impact of not receiving financial assistance in the written appeal. The need for financial assistance will not be considered by the Appeals Committee in evaluating whether the student should be approved for continuation of Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility.
  • The appeal must address why the student has failed to make Satisfactory Academic Progress, and what has changed in the student’s situation to enable him or her to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress at the next evaluation.
  • To approve an appeal, the Student Financial Aid Office must determine that the student should be able to make Satisfactory Academic Progress during the next payment period and meet overall SAP requirements by the end of that payment period.
  • If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation status and Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility is reinstated for the next payment period. If the student is not meeting SAP the student will lose Title IV Federal Student Aid eligibility again.
  • It is not necessary for the student to file a written appeal each semester if the student is meeting the terms and conditions of the approved appeal under which the student is continuing to receive Title IV Federal Student Aid. The Student Financial Aid Office will review the student’s academic record at the end of the semester, determine if the student is meeting the terms of the academic plan, and, if so, will continue the student’s eligibility for Title IV Federal Student Aid in the next academic semester.
  • Students may appeal again if they fail to meet the requirements of their academic plan.

The outcome of the appeal is FINAL and is not subject to debate or further review.

It is strictly the student’s responsibility to:

  • Check with Student Financial Aid regarding the impact of dropping classes or receiving low grades on completion rate and/or GPA
  • Contact Student Financial Aid regarding the impact of transfer work on completion percentage rate
  • Check his or her UNA Portal email and Self-Service for current Satisfactory Academic Progress status at the end of each payment period
  • Notify Student Financial Aid of a grade change