Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Appeals
In order to receive and continue to receive Financial Aid, students must have their academic progress reviewed at the end of each semester. The review includes all periods of attendance.
- Measures of academic progress are 1) grades, 2) pace of progression, and 3) maximum timeframe. Undergraduates and post baccalaureate students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and graduate students must keep at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. All students must complete at least 67% of the cumulative attempted hours at UHV. Undergraduates have 180 attempted hours in which to complete a degree, and graduate students are expected to complete a degree in a maximum of 68 attempted graduate hours.
- Failing to meet the GPA or pace of progression of the SAP measures places a student on Financial Aid warning (distinct from academic warning). If the student is not in SAP compliance by the end of the next term, he/she goes on Financial Aid Suspension. Students go directly to Financial Aid Suspension if they meet or exceed the maximum timeframe. Students on Financial Aid Suspension are not eligible for any form of financial assistance unless they complete an appeal and the appeal is approved. Students can view their SAP status on their myUHV account.
- If you do not meet SAP requirements, you’ll get a letter in the mail (to your address in myUHV). The letter will provide a link to the SAP policy and to the SAP appeal form. The Financial Aid suspension can be appealed, and students are strongly encouraged to submit their SAP appeal form in a timely manner. Submission deadline dates are posted on the UHV Financial Aid website.
- IMPORTANT! If you submit an appeal, please put some thought and effort into your submission. The SAP Appeals Committee needs to understand both the circumstances leading to your current situation and the steps you will take to make sure you get into and stay in compliance with SAP. Check for spelling and grammar errors and show the committee that you care about the outcome of the appeal by being honest and sincere in your narrative. The SAP Appeals Committee meets on Tuesday afternoons. If needed, you can get advice and help from a Financial Aid Specialist.
- If your appeal is approved by the Appeals Committee, your financial aid application will be processed. The Appeals Committee may proscribe specific terms and conditions for success, including precluding any drops or F grades, earning a specific term GPA, etc.
- If your appeal is denied, you may appeal to the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management.
- After a committee meeting, students receive the results by phone and/or email. Outcomes can be discussed with the Financial Aid staff members or Financial Aid department leadership.
2015-2016 Appeal Submission Deadlines
Fall – November 15, 2015
Spring – February 26, 2016
Summer – July 1, 2016
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Committee Meetings
Effective: July 1, 2015
It is strongly advised that appeals and corresponding documents are submitted early, prior to the Friday proceeding the next week of review. NOTICE: SAP appeals must be submitted electronically and no faxed copies will be accepted.
Students admitted into a course of study leading to a degree, and who receive federal, state, institutional or veterans’ financial assistance have their academic progress reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid at the end of each payment period. Financial aid recipients must meet several aspects of satisfactory academic progress to maintain their aid eligibility. Federal guidelines state that all periods of attendance will be counted toward the students’ academic progress review, regardless of whether the student received financial aid. Students must meet the following qualitative and quantitative standards to maintain financial aid eligibility at the University of Houston-Victoria.
Qualitative Measures of Academic Progress
Grade Point Average
Incoming freshman or new undergraduate transfer students to the University of Houston-Victoria will be eligible to apply for financial assistance if they have been admitted to the university.
Undergraduates, including post baccalaureate students, must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative G.P.A., based on a 4.0 grading scale at the University of Houston-Victoria.
First-time, first-year, or transfer Graduate Students will be eligible to apply for financial assistance if they have been admitted to the university.
Graduate students are required to maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, based on a 4.00 grading scale at the University of Houston-Victoria.
The minimum cumulative grade point averages are consistent with the University’s requirements for graduation.
Quantitative Measures of Academic Progress
Pace of Progression
Undergraduates, including post baccalaureate students, receiving financial assistance must complete at least 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted at the University of Houston-Victoria in order to maintain eligibility.
All graduate students receiving financial assistance must complete at least 67% of the cumulative credit hours attempted at the University of Houston-Victoria in order to maintain eligibility.
Undergraduates are expected to complete their degree or certification within a maximum of 180 attempted credit hours. If a student changes plans, he or she must still receive his or her bachelor’s degree or certification within a maximum of 180 attempted undergraduate credit hours. No limit is set to the number of times a student may change his or her plan; however, all attempted undergraduate hours at UHV and transfer hours will be included in the SAP maximum timeframe determination.
Post-baccalaureate students are expected to complete their degree or certification within a maximum of 45 attempted credit hours. A total of 225 attempted undergraduate credit hours is the combined maximum timeframe for a student to complete his/her bachelor’s degree and post baccalaureate program. Students in the 2nd Degree Nursing PB program are allowed up to 270 attempted hours to complete the program.
Graduate students are expected to complete their degree or certification within a maximum of 68 attempted graduate credit hours. If a student changes plans, he or she must still receive his or her master’s degree within the 68 attempted graduate credit hour limitation. No limit is set to the number of times a student may change his or her plan; however, all attempted hours at UHV and transfer hours will be included in the SAP timeframe determination.
Credit hours transferred to the University of Houston-Victoria will count as both attempted and completed hours.
Withdrawals (W) and unsatisfactory (U) grades are not figured into a student’s grade point average. Withdrawals and unsatisfactory grades are considered attempted hours in the pace of progression and maximum timeframe quantitative measures. Incomplete grades are also considered attempted courses. When a student informs the Office of Financial Aid that an incomplete grade has changed to a passing grade, the student’s academic progress will be reassessed at that time. If the student does not inform the office, the grade change will not be reflected until the next regular review of satisfactory academic progress.
Repeated courses are considered attempted hours only in the pace of progression. The most recent grade of a repeated course will be included in the GPA calculation.
Remedial class(es) and ESL classes are not included in the quantitative and qualitative measures.
Courses dropped prior to the term’s census date will not be considered in the SAP calculation.
Monitoring of Academic Progress
The cumulative grade point average, pace of progression, and maximum credit hour limitation are monitored each term. UHV advisors monitor the students who have at least 120 completed courses to identify who has or will be completing the academic program during the upcoming or current term. If a student has completed his/her program, the academic advisor will notify the Financial Aid Specialist.
If any student fails to meet one of the SAP quantitative or qualitative measures, the student will be placed on financial aid warning for one term. If the student does not meet the measures at the end of the following term in which the student was on warning, the student will be placed on financial aid suspension. Students on financial aid suspension will not be eligible to receive any form of financial assistance. Records used to monitor satisfactory academic progress will be filed in the student’s financial aid electronic folder. Students are able to view their Satisfactory Academic Progress on the myUHV Self Service website.
All students not meeting the satisfactory academic requirements will be notified by mail stating that they have been placed on financial aid suspension. The letter will contain the website link to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and a link to the SAP Appeal Form. Students who have questions or concerns about the situation are welcome to speak with the Financial Aid Specialist who monitors SAP or they may appeal the suspension.
Students who have mitigating circumstances may submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form along with pertinent documentation within two months of receiving the letter of suspension. Examples of mitigating circumstances are a death of a relative, an illness or injury to the student, or other special circumstances. The appeal should be submitted to the University of Houston-Victoria’s Financial Aid Appeals Committee; University of Houston-Victoria; 3007 N. Ben Wilson; Victoria, TX 77901-5731. The committee consists of a representative from the Student Billing Office and a Student Success Coach. The appeals committee will meet within two business weeks of receiving the appeal. The deadline to submit the SAP Appeal form is one month prior to the end of the term in which the student is applying for aid.
The student must provide the following:
a. The circumstances which caused their suspension and what has changed in the student’s situation that will allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress at the next evaluation
b. The student’s plan to correct the circumstances (i.e., planned usage of the Academic Center)
c. Your intended future enrollment plan including the number of hours remaining before receiving degree
d. A current copy of the student’s signed degree plan
e. Any other pertinent documentation regarding mitigating circumstances (i.e., letter from physician).
If the student receives a favorable decision from the UHV Financial Aid Appeals Committee, the student will be placed on financial aid probation. Financial aid eligibility will be granted for the probationary period. A student on financial aid probation may receive aid for one payment period or UHV may develop an academic plan for the student, and if followed, will ensure that the student is able to meet the institution’s SAP standards by a specific point in time. The student will need to fulfill specific terms and conditions such as meeting the terms of a Financial Aid Academic Success Plan, such as taking a reduced course load, enrolling in specific courses, no drops or withdrawal of classes, and/or achieve a specific term GPA. At the end of one payment period on financial aid probation, the student must meet UHV’s SAP qualitative and quantitative measures or meet the requirements of the academic agreement developed by the institution in order to receive financial aid funds for the subsequent payment period.
The student is called after the committee meets to explain the results of the appeal. An email will also be sent to the student via E-forms notifying him or her of the results of the appeal. Appeal denial letters are to include a statement stating that neither paying for their own classes nor sitting out for an enrollment period is sufficient for students to re-establish eligibility for Title IV aid. A copy of the letter will also be filed in the student’s folder. If the student is concerned about the outcome of the committee’s appeal, the student can make an appointment to visit with the Financial Aid Director. A maximum of two appeals per career may be submitted.
A student may receive grants, scholarships, and work study for the payment period in which the student regains eligibility. For Federal Direct Loans, a student who does not meet satisfactory academic progress standards at the beginning of a period of enrollment but who meets the standards later in that period is eligible for the entire period of enrollment in which he or she met the satisfactory academic progress standards.
Disbursement of Policy
Students are notified of the SAP policy in the UHV Catalog online and on the UHV Financial Aid website. In addition, copies are available as a handout in the OFA. The policy is also mailed to students not meeting academic progress.