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Satisfactory Academic Progress

United Tribes Technical College

Federal regulations require that all students who receive financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress and work towards an eligible degree or certificate. In addition, federal regulations require students be on pace to complete their degree or certificate before reaching the 150% maximum time frame limit (see maximum timeframe eligibility section below for more information).

At the end of each semester, student grades will be reviewed to determine credits attempted and earned. In addition, grades will be reviewed to determine the student’s failure to meet SAP standards for all terms enrolled, at UTTC; which may result in loss of federal aid eligibility. Federal/State Regulations require students to achieve a minimum level of SAP. UTTC adheres to this policy and following is an overview of the policy:

  • The student must have a term GPA minimum of a 2.00 and maintain an overall career GPA minimum of a 2.00.
  • Each semester the student must pass 67% of the credits that he/she is enrolled in for the term and maintain an overall career completion rate of 67%.
  • The Department of Education mandates that a student has a maximum timeframe for students to complete their education program. Therefore, this policy adheres to the Maximum Time Frame requirement not to exceed 150% of the published length of the educational program. Information may be subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations.

***Sec 484 (a)(2) – In order to receive Title IV (TIV) aid the student must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in the program of study.

SAP Levels

Financial Aid Warning

Any student who fails to meet and maintain the term and career GPA minimum of a 2.0 and/or meet the term and career completion rate (pace rate) standard which is 67% is automatically placed on Financial Aid Warning. The student will continue to receive federal financial aid for one semester/payment period.

Financial Aid Suspension

Any student that does not meet the minimum requirements for SAP at the end of the Financial Aid Warning semester will be ineligible for federal financial aid, institutional aid, and/or VA benefits until SAP standards are met. This means that the student will not receive any federal financial aid the next semester and will have to find other means to continue his/her education. However, a student has the right to appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility if mitigating circumstances (events beyond the student’s control) occurred during the preceding semester/payment period. The student will also be required to complete an academic plan with his/her advisor and return it along with an appeal before any federal aid can be reinstated.

A student must complete the SAP ¬(Satisfactory Academic Progress) Appeal Form and attach the supporting documentation and submit it to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline date. Appeals received after the deadline can be automatically denied. The decisions of the Financial Aid Office are final and students will receive an electronic communication to their UTTC email address regarding the outcome. A student who successfully appeals the loss of his/her financial aid termination will be placed on Financial Aid Warning for the following semester/payment period in order to retain financial aid.