The U.S. Department of Education requires that you meet certain academic standards to qualify for federal financial aid at Madison College. These academic standards are referred to as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

  • You must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • You must complete at least 67% of the cumulative credits you attempt. Your completion percentage is calculated using all credits attempted, regardless of whether financial aid was received.
  • You must complete your current program of study within a maximum time frame that cannot exceed 150% of the number of credits required to graduate.

At the end of each semester, your SAP Status is evaluated based on the SAP Standards above. You will have one of the following statuses:

MEETS SAP – You meet all of the SAP Standards and remain eligible for financial aid.

WARNING – You did not meet one or more of the SAP standards and your prior status was “Meets SAP.” You remain eligible for financial aid for one additional semester of enrollment. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • GPA and/or Completion Percentage Warning – You are below the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage standards.  If you remain below the standards at the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, your status will be “Not Meet.” If you are above the standards, your status will be “Meets SAP.”
  • Maximum Time Frame Warning – You are between 101% and 149% of your program’s maximum time frame.

NOT MEET – You did not meet one or more of the SAP Standards and your prior status was “Warning” or “Probation.” You are not eligible for financial aid until you complete the reinstatement request process. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • GPA and/or Completion Percentage Suspension – Your prior status was “Warning” or “Probation” and you are below the cumulative GPA and/or completion percentage standards.
  • Maximum Time Frame Suspension – You have exceeded 150% of the credits needed to graduate from your current program of study.

PROBATION – You were suspended from financial aid and completed the reinstatement request process. Your financial aid was reinstated on a conditional basis. You will be notified of one of the following statuses in your student email:

  • Appeal Granted – At the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, if you do not meet one or more of the SAP Standards, your status will be “Not Meet”.
  • Plan – You have been placed on an Academic Fitness Program (AFP). At the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, if you do not meet all of the requirements of the AFP, your status will be “Not Meet.” If you meet all of the requirements of the AFP, your status will continue as “Plan” until you meet the cumulative GPA and completion percentage standards.

Allow up to four weeks from submission of the appeal form and all documentation for the appeal to be processed. You will be notified regarding a determination or next steps via your Madison College student email. To expedite processing, submit all of your paperwork at the same time. All appeals and corresponding paperwork must be submitted by the following deadlines. Any documentation submitted after the deadline will be considered for the next semester.

  • Fall semester: Third Monday in November
  • Spring semester: Third Monday in April
  • Summer semester: Third Monday of the semester