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Statement of Policy
Excelsior College has established institutional requirements for minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for undergraduate and graduate students. These requirements, developed in accordance with Excelsior College academic standards, federal financial aid statutes, and regulations governing student eligibility, are designed to ensure that all students make timely progress toward their educational goals. Students who achieve these standards are considered to be making SAP at Excelsior College.
All students are required to maintain SAP toward their degree requirements during each term for which they are enrolled at Excelsior College. It is the College's intention that all students make satisfactory academic progress toward their degrees so that their educational goals can be achieved in a reasonable time frame.
A. Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard. Academic progress for students receiving financial aid will be assessed for all students after every term a student attempts to earn Excelsior College credit. This will ensure standards are met according to the following 4 measures:
The Excelsior College GPA is based on grades awarded from Excelsior College sources of credit attempted by matriculated students. The overall GPA is based on grades awarded from ALL sources of credit that are entered on the student's transcript. The overall GPA is not used to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress.
For example, an RN-MSN student must complete the 116-credit undergraduate portion of the program after attempting a maximum of 174 credits for the bachelor's phase of the program. If the student has 56 credits remaining after their initial evaluation, they must complete the undergraduate phase by the time 84 credit hours are attempted.
B. Warning. Matriculated students who fail to achieve the minimum standard for satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard (Procedure A) will receive a notice of warning from the Financial Aid Office.
When students are in warning they are allowed one term to Reestablish Aid Eligibility (Procedure D) to the minimum standard for satisfactory academic progress. The "warning period" will enable students to take corrective action by working with academic advisors, financial aid counselors, and faculty (instructors) to correct their academic status. Students retain their financial aid eligibility during this time.
C. Loss of Eligibility. If a financial aid student is not able to achieve SAP during the Warning period (Procedure B), the student is no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Students who lose eligibility will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office.
D. Reestablish Aid Eligibility. A student can reestablish financial aid eligibility by achieving the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard (Procedure A).
E. Appealing Loss of Eligibility (Procedure C). If special circumstances prevent a student from meeting SAP, the loss of financial aid eligibility may be appealed to the provost or designee via the Financial Aid Office. An appeal reviewed by the provost or designee does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid.
F. Probation. A student that is successful in their Appeal (Procedure E) will be placed on probation for financial aid. The student is eligible for one trimester (15-week term or two consecutive 8-week terms) of financial aid. At the end of the trimester the student will be reevaluated to determine if they meet the satisfactory academic progress standard (Procedure A).